\ 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 On average, drivers keep their new cars for 8.4 years before turning in the keys, the online car marketplace found. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Which new cars do Houston drivers keep the longest?," 16 Sep. 2019 The law is likely the nation’s first to fine groups for turning in too many incomplete registration forms. Washington Post, "Judge: New voter signup penalties create ‘chilling effect’," 9 Sep. 2019 The Crescenta Valley High’s boys’ cross-country team and both Flintridge Prep squads routinely tore through courses across California last season, culminating in all three programs turning in top-10 finishes at the CIF State Championships in Fresno. Glendale News-Press, "Cross-Country Preview: Abundance of talent for area runners, teams," 6 Sep. 2019 But everyone else in the acting booth is either ho-hum or disastrous, with Beyoncé Knowles turning in a shockingly wooden performance. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lion King remake review: Roaring visuals, but the execution is a hairball," 12 July 2019 Marianne Williamson should be given credit for turning in one of the most impressive debate performances among all the candidates during the two-night debate schedule. Ed Stockly, latimes.com, "Reader letters: Let the Marianne Williamson debate rage on," 8 July 2019 After turning in their logs of books read, participants will receive a completion gift (while supplies last), certificate and a voucher for a free ticket to an Aberdeen IronBirds game redeemable on July 9 or 26 or Aug. 4 or 30. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "'A Universe of Stories': Harford County Public Library launches Summer Reading Challenge June 17," 13 June 2019 Have an early dinner at Alestine’s before turning in: dishes like whitefish tacos and reindeer chili are prepared in a school bus and served (with a little sass) in the tiny adjacent cabin. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Highway to the Arctic Ocean Is Canada's Coolest Road Trip," 13 June 2019 Times fell steadily from there with even the #2 car turning in a lap of 6:09 while testing an alternate setup for the #1 car. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen I.D. R Smashes Nürburgring EV Record," 3 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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Cite this Entry

“Turn-in.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turned%20in. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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