Turn-in | Definition of Turn-in by Merriam-Webster


\ 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 Another turn in life came in 2003, when a women’s group at Emory asked her to give a talk about her codebreaking work, said Fred Benario. Mark Woolsey, ajc, "Janice Benario, 97, worked on WWII code-breaking team," 30 Dec. 2020 Smith pursued the nomination in 2017 but did not turn in the required signatures to get on the ballot at that time. Washington Post, "Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring formally launches reelection bid," 16 Dec. 2020 Johnson turned heads — in both the Spurs’ locker room and across the NBA — with a stellar turn in the league’s restart bubble last August. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ Keldon Johnson getting closer to return," 15 Dec. 2020 But Warren and the Big Ten presidents who hired him have misread the room at every turn in this crazy year. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As Big Ten stumbles to end of season, it must get Ohio State into playoff," 9 Dec. 2020 First, a remarkable decade in organizing spurred in part by a massive financial crisis helped a left-wing candidate turn in a surprisingly strong performance in the 2016 Democratic primary. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Cabinet Is a Lost Cause for the Left," 3 Dec. 2020 Feldman said there can still be consequences for students who turn in work late or who commit other misbehaviors; those consequences just would not show up in a student’s academic grade. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Surge in D’s and F’s in San Diego County schools raises questions: How to grade during pandemic," 28 Nov. 2020 City officials said in March the city was paying more than $190,000 in penalties because officials didn’t turn in the form, known as a 1095-C, for 2016. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Portage continues work to repair city’s financial status; OKs $5.3M bond," 7 Oct. 2020 Their new deadline to turn in 1.5 million voter signatures is March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Newsom shouldn’t ignore an effort to recall him. Here’s how he can fight it," 28 Dec. 2020

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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 Jan. 2021.

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