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: something that turns in or is turned in

turn in

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turned in; turning in; turns in

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

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
Some residents proposed lower speed limits, others proposed a gate, accessible only to subdivision residents, emergency vehicles and village vehicles — though Village Manager Evan Walter proposed another solution that seemed broadly popular: limiting turn-ins to certain times of the day. Jesse Wright, Chicago Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 With the front wheels canted like the head of a curious dog, the Mach 1 enjoys precise turn-in and averages a 1.13-g ride through Turn 1. Carlos Lago, Car and Driver, 1 Aug. 2023
The election crimes unit also fined more than three dozen organizations that ran voter registration drives a total of more than $100,000 — much of that for failing to turn in the voter registration forms quickly enough. Sharon Lafraniere, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 The tide unexpectedly began to turn in 2022, when a team projected for another year as a bottom-feeder instead finished as the best team in the AL to miss the playoffs. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 17 Sep. 2023 The heavyweight bout that began as a back-and-forth affair turned in West’s favor in the fourth quarter when the Eagles scored three unanswered touchdowns in just over two minutes of game time, taking back the lead for good. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2023 The case took a surprising turn in December 2008, when police executed a search warrant at Michael Turney’s home. Allie Weintraub, ABC News, 15 Sep. 2023 The saga of the investigation took another strange turn in the spring. Devlin Barrett and Perry Stein, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2023 The iPhone 15 is hitting store shelves next week, but not all Apple lovers are ready to turn in their old phones just yet. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 13 Sep. 2023 Thanks to a dominating defensive effort that turned in two goal-line stands, held the Bulldogs to just four first downs (two via penalty) and 22 total offensive yards, the Rangers stunned Olmsted Falls, 10-3, to remain unbeaten at 4-0 (1-0 SWC). Dan Gilles, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2023 The new one is expected to start turning in 2024-25. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1873, in the meaning defined above


1535, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of turn-in was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Turn-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn-in. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

turn in

: to give up or hand back
turned in the art supplies when I was finished
: to hand over to authorities
the escaped prisoner turned himself in
: do entry 1 sense 1a
turned in a fine job
: to go to bed
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