\ 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

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Choose your provider Providers: Restart Free Preview Expires in Sign In Police in Topeka, Kan., apologized Monday for posting a Father's Day message on Twitter that encouraged citizens to turn in fathers with outstanding arrest warrants. Fox News, "Topeka police apologize for Father's Day tweet encouraging people to turn in dads with outstanding warrants," 18 June 2019 The driver of a black Chevrolet Suburban was westbound and had slowed down to allow another vehicle to turn in front of him, police said. Houston Chronicle, "Man fatally struck crossing Westheimer by The Galleria," 17 June 2019 But their sacrifices mattered: The Resistance grew steadily as the war began to turn in the Allies’ favor. Sonia Purnell, Twin Cities, "Sonia Purnell: What D-Day teaches us about the difficulty – and importance – of resistance," 6 June 2019 Competitors have a 10-minute window to turn in their entry for each category, typically starting with chicken at noon. Sarah Kuta, The Denver Post, "Barbecue becomes a competitive sport as cooks go to great lengths to win the Colorado BBQ Challenge," 6 June 2019 Dylan Bundy showed with another steady performance in the Orioles' 7-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday that the way to consistently turn in good starts is to keep changing it up. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' Dylan Bundy steady again in win over Braves," 24 June 2018 Fotis Dulos, a luxury home developer, and Troconis, an event coordinator who previously worked at ESPN in Argentina and Chile, were held on $500,000 bail during a court appearance Monday and were ordered to turn in their passports. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Police search Hartford trash plant with cadaver dogs in search for missing mom," 4 June 2019 The Joes now had a mid-bicep 360-degree-swivel, allowing their arms to turn in toward their bodies for more realistic gunplay and positioning. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 Any subscribers still using the service will have 30 days to turn in their cars after being notified of the shut down, anonymous sources told WSJ. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Cadillac’s $1,800 a month car subscription service is shutting down — for now," 2 Nov. 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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