\ 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 The Oscars arrived almost a month early this year, shortening the window between when films were nominated and when voters turned in their ballots. WSJ, "Hollywood Veterans Brad Pitt, Laura Dern Win Acting Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 Lopez pole-danced at one point during her performance, which was no doubt a nod to her critically acclaimed turn in the 2019 movie Hustlers. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez’s Daughter, Emme, Made an Appearance at the Super Bowl 2020 Halftime Show," 3 Feb. 2020 Some have suggested that the Bengals should turn in their card now - with Burrow's name on it. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Ex-Bengals coach Paul Alexander: 'Don't write in Joe Burrow' at No. 1 quite yet," 24 Jan. 2020 West Virginia took the extra 28 rebounds and turned in not only 27 second-chance points to Texas’ four, but the Mountaineers poured in 52 points in the paint while limiting the Longhorns to 18. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Nightmare in Morgantown: Longhorns’ 38-point loss to West Virginia marks the worst in the Shaka Smart era," 21 Jan. 2020 But that’s turned in to quite a compliment for the Aggies’ best player. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "How Josh Nebo became Texas A&M’s best player," 17 Jan. 2020 THE TAKEAWAY Georgia: The Bulldogs demonstrated their depth and motivation to turn in a better showing than the one a year ago, building a multi-score lead in the first half and never trailing. Brett Martel, Houston Chronicle, "Georgia takes down Baylor in Sugar Bowl," 1 Jan. 2020 Boy, that’s a great movie, and Tim Robbins turns in an all-time performance. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "If you could watch only one actor’s movies for life, who would you pick?," 25 Dec. 2019 Harden was 2 of 13 from the field for 19 points -- 14 of 14 at the free-throw line -- and Westbrook turned in 24 points and 16 rebounds in his Houston debut. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 117, Rockets 111: Giannis starts with a bang but watches end of game from bench after fouling out," 24 Oct. 2019

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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