\ ˈtərn-ˌin \

Definition of turn-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that turns in or is turned in

turn in


Definition of turn in (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make an entrance by turning from a road or path
2 : to go to bed turned in early

transitive verb

1 : to deliver up : hand over turned in his badge and quit
2a : to inform on : betray
b : to deliver to an authority urged the wanted man to turn himself in
3 : to acquit oneself of : put on, produce turned in a good performance

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Examples of turn-in in a Sentence


turned in the banned assault rifle to the police it's almost midnight, so it's time to turn in

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Things between the two took a dark turn in the finale when Stella's high school friend Tyler (Tye White) returned—and Severide was not happy. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago Fire' Recap: Everything You Missed During the Devastating Fall Finale," 6 Dec. 2018 After that public display of affection, Cardi B and Offset seemed to have taken a turn in their relationship on June 25, 2017. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "A Detailed History of Cardi B and Offset’s Tumultuous Relationship," 27 June 2018 The crown prince says his country took a wrong turn in 1979. The Economist, "Muslims but not brothersSaudi Arabia turns against political Islam," 23 June 2018 Lauryn shot to her feet, turning in a confused circle, but the dark alley was empty. Wesley Snipes, The Root, "Talon of God," 27 May 2018 Under New Jersey’s new bump-stock ban, which was approved in January, residents were supposed to destroy or turn in their bump stocks by mid-April. Matt Vasilogambros, The Christian Science Monitor, "With lack of incentives, few Americans are giving up their bump stocks," 21 May 2018 Mark Zuckerman, a sportswriter covering the Washington Nationals, saw his mentions take a nasty turn in recent weeks, after years of receiving tweets directed at Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder. Elizabeth Holmes, Marie Claire, "The Perils of Having an Infamous Name Twin," 11 Apr. 2018 But the episode takes a turn in its final moments, as D'Amico is shown swallowing a handful of pills. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Assassination of Gianni Versace Finale: What the Hell Just Happened?," 22 Mar. 2018 Madame Woo is great at cutting, which stands her in good stead for this latest turn in fashion. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Ungendered Suiting, Hanbok Tradition, and #MeToo Surfaced at Seoul Fashion Week—Sarah Mower Reports," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of turn-in


1873, in the meaning defined above


1535, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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