\ 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


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

How to strike a balance between staying up to date and not turning in late? Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Go away from the blue light," 2 July 2019 There has never been a fireworks show that can compare to getting up on any building in Los Angeles and turning in a circle. Frank Shyong, latimes.com, "An appreciation of the pyrotechnic anarchy of Fourth of July in Los Angeles," 1 July 2019 The viewer is required not only to look down, but also to change orientation, as if wheeling or turning in a helicopter. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga 50 photo shows uncover fresh takes on the recovery of a once combustible river," 30 June 2019 Freddy Peralta took over for Houser to start the third inning and turned in four scoreless innings, keeping the Brewers within striking range. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mariners 4, Brewers 2: A familiar story as June swoon continues," 26 June 2019 Sanders accepted, and turned in a performance in April that perfectly showcased his political strengths. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "In search of the Democratic Party's fighting spirit," 20 June 2019 Students only have to meet virtually with a teacher once a month and turn in one work sample for each meeting - a sample that the teacher doesn’t grade, according to parents. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Home school charters’ let families use state dollars to buy Disneyland tickets, horseback riding lessons and more," 16 June 2019 Washington successfully boosted his stock by returning to school and turning in a consistent season, solidifying himself as an appealing potential role player. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft: Ranking Best Bigs Available," 14 June 2019 Leroy Roebuck’s loan is held by Reverse Mortgage Solutions, but his experience follows the twists and turns in the industry. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 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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