\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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Synonyms & Antonyms for turn-in

Synonyms: Verb

bed, crash [slang], retire

Antonyms: Verb

arise, get up, rise, uprise

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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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With the secret out on linemate Montez Sweat’s abilities as a difference-maker in the backfield, conditions are perfect for Simmons to put up a breakout season surpassing what Sweat turned in last year. Chris Johnson And Eric Single, SI.com, "Top 100 College Football Players of 2018: Nos. 100–51," 18 June 2018 After turning in their logs of books read, participants will receive a completion gift (while supplies last) and a voucher for a free ticket to an Aberdeen IronBirds game on July 16 or 29 or Aug. 16 or 30. The Aegis, "Harford 'Libraries Rock!' for summer reading," 18 June 2018 The wheels are turning in your head: Rent prices in Metro Orlando are rising, and real estate has long been seen as a top investment. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Thinking of becoming a landlord? 5 tips to profit from rental properties," 13 June 2018 Speaking in an interview, Giuliani defended his strategy and asserted that public opinion related to Mueller’s probe has turned in Trump’s favor. Fortune, "'His Client Is a Circus Master and Rudy Is Dancing.' Mueller's Investigating Team Don't Take Giuliani Seriously," 8 June 2018 The state Elections Commission has determined that Daniels turned in 201 valid nomination signatures to get on the fall ballot for the 37th Assembly District. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: First-time legislative candidate touted on CNN may not make it on Wisconsin ballot," 4 June 2018 Will Swope, The Woodlands Swope turned in a four-RBI night on two triples in a 12-4 Game 2 win over Klein in the regional semifinals. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Boys athlete of the week: Rhett McCaffety, Cy-Fair," 28 May 2018 The portion of that crowd in red lives in constant fear that Gio Gonzalez will turn in a short start and turn it over to a shaky bullpen. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' run-scoring woes continue in 6-0 Memorial Day loss to Nationals," 28 May 2018 The New York Times reports that the former military police commander turned in his resignation May 16. Monique Judge, The Root, "Federal Prisons Director Was Caught in Pissing Match Between Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions, so He Quit," 25 May 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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