Turnkey meaning

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The definition of turnkey is something- especially a house- that is ready for use right away with no additions or modifications needed.

An example of something that would be described as turnkey is a turnkey house, a finished, furnished house.

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A person in charge of the keys of a prison; warder; jailer.
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The keeper of the keys in a prison; a jailer.
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Supplied, installed, or purchased in a condition ready for immediate use, occupation, or operation.

A turnkey computer system; a turnkey housing project.

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Of or relating to something supplied, installed, or purchased in this manner.

A turnkey agreement.

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That is purchased, installed, etc. completely ready for use or operation.

A turnkey housing project, turnkey computer system.

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Of or having to do with a business, installation, or system so ready.

A turnkey construction contractor.

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A business, such as a franchise, that is created by the seller and sold to the buyer who can “turn the key” and begin work without any other preparation. Often project construction or computer installation are services provided by turnkey businesses.
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Ready to use without further assembly or test; supplied in a state that is ready to turn on and operate (typically refers to an assembly that is outsourced for manufacture)

They wanted a turnkey solution for the entire system, but we could only provide the enclosure.

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(now archaic) A warder or jailer / gaoler; keeper of the keys in a prison.
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To supply a turnkey product; to supply something fully assembled and ready to use.

We can sell you all the parts, or we can turnkey the entire unit.

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Origin of turnkey