\ ˈtərn-ˌin How to pronounce turn-in (audio) \

Definition of turn-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that turns in or is turned in

turn in

turned in; turning in; turns 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

Verb turned in the banned assault rifle to the police it's almost midnight, so it's time to turn in
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sections of the bill would limit who can mail or turn in an absentee ballot on behalf of another voter. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "State senator who wrote bill that limits voting by mail says he is neutral on voting by mail," 29 Jan. 2021 Ott stood under an umbrella in a light rain while waiting for her brother’s turn in the clinic. al, "Coosa County clinic speaks to challenges of vaccinating rural Alabama," 23 Jan. 2021 Teams in all 28 NBA cities have been told to investigate if there is a local lab that can process PCR tests relatively quickly; the extra tests would be conducted on game-day mornings and turn in results no later than one hour before tip-off. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Celtics plan to play Friday, another Suns game called by NBA," 14 Jan. 2021 The roller coaster we were all forced on seemed to twist and turn in gut-wrenching, jaw-dropping ways. Jodi Cilley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Nine months of solitude and introspection has been good for my soul," 28 Dec. 2020 Officers saw a man making a U-turn in the cul-de-sac in a black vehicle with Nevada license plates. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Man arrested on suspicion of shooting brother-in-law in Rohnert Park while wearing Trump mask, Santa hat," 26 Dec. 2020 Just a quick temperature check and turn in a tracking form to a health official. Jerome Delay, USA TODAY, "Two hotspots: Flying Johannesburg to Paris amid pandemic as COVID travel restrictions increase," 24 Dec. 2020 John Hawk, 41, of Cleveland, agreed to resign from the department and turn in his state peace officer certification as part of the plea deal entered Thursday. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland police officer, former MMA fighter who broke woman’s nose cops to misdemeanor, hands in badge," 18 Dec. 2020 Investors holding some unpopular stocks might see a turn in their fortunes in the new year. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Big Pharma Heads Toward a Deals Spree," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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“Turn-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn-in. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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