\ 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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Antonio Brown scores his first TD as a Patriot Brown entered on the game’s second play amid a mixture of cheers and boos in Miami and quickly turned in an 18-yard catch from Brady. Jon Becker, The Denver Post, "Patriots’ Antonio Brown scores first TD, but more trouble surfaces," 15 Sep. 2019 Joel and Gregg talk Colts win over Titans Matt Kryger, IndyStar Questions about Adam Vinatieri's future grew from rumblings to a full-fledged earthquake Sunday after the oldest player in the NFL turned in a second problematic game in a row. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Adam Vinatieri: What we know about the Colts' kicker," 15 Sep. 2019 Katelyn Patrick, Haley Lauer, Kendall Rittmeyer and Sydney Moore scored and Helen Butler, Kate Gromacki and Brooke Smith all turned in solid defensive efforts. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Varsity roundup: John Carroll wins field hockey tournament," 15 Sep. 2019 Davis finished with 75 yards rushing and Keith turned in 93. Al.com Reports, al, "Huntsville Week 4 HS football roundup: Buckhorn, Madison County, Priceville win," 14 Sep. 2019 And Dever, Wever, and Collette—as the three women centered in this investigation—turn in performances every bit as compelling and committed as this material demands. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) This Weekend on Netflix and in Theaters," 13 Sep. 2019 The City Council ultimately voted 10 to 2 to move forward with the plan Wednesday, kicking off a process for developers to turn in proposals for homeless housing on the Glendale Boulevard site. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "An Echo Park lot could become homeless housing after a bitter clash at City Hall," 11 Sep. 2019 And if Shanahan and Garoppolo turn in a similar performance against the Bengals, they will get smoked by a Cincinnati team that looked solid in Week 1. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Does Kyle Shanahan trust Jimmy Garoppolo?," 11 Sep. 2019 The Stallions continued to roll with a 42-9 win over Fort Pierce John Carroll Catholic as Zachary Bohannon, Jamal Potts and Tyler Gaskin once again turned in big plays. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County’s high school football top 10 settles after three weeks — kind of (blame Dorian)," 10 Sep. 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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