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turn·​around ˈtərn-ə-ˌrau̇nd How to pronounce turnaround (audio)
: the action of receiving, processing, and returning something
24-hour turnaround time on most orders
: the process of readying a transport vehicle for departure after its arrival
also : the time spent in this process
a quick turnaround between flights
: turnabout sense 1a
a corporate turnaround
: a space permitting the turning around of a vehicle
: a jump shot by a player facing away from the basket who turns toward the basket while shooting
often used attributively
a turnaround jumper

turn around

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turned around; turning around; turns around

intransitive verb

: to become changed for the better
: to act in an abrupt, different, or surprising manner
used with and
after three years he just turned around and left school

transitive verb

: to change for the better
turned her life around

Examples of turnaround in a Sentence

Noun The turnaround for most orders is 24 hours. There is a 24-hour turnaround time on most orders. a quick turnaround between flights The team needs a big turnaround after their loss last week. The company has achieved a remarkable turnaround in the past year. The latest news has caused a turnaround in public opinion. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Saban referenced 2015′s early struggles and eventual turnaround to a national championship last week. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2023 In addition to getting LAFC back on track, Saturday’s game may mark a turnaround for Bouanga, whose two goals ended a two-month drought and gave him a share of the MLS scoring lead with 14. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2023 Colorado has already pulled off a remarkable turnaround this season. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2023 The telehealth company is one of the best places to buy Cialis online, thanks to its discrete services and fast turnaround. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2023 Andover beat Shrewsbury on Sunday and has a quick turnaround for this Thursday night MVC crossover bout. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2023 The sale caps a remarkable turnaround for the firm, which has undergone two Chapter 11 bankruptcies. By angus Berwick, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2023 Now, Sanchez has played himself into an important offseason question: Keep the free agent or line up in an even bigger way behind Campusano? Advertisement A dizzying turnaround from the uncertainty of spring. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 Staley has 17 weeks, maybe fewer, to engineer a similar turnaround with this team. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023
The four friends continued walking, but the two men turned around and confronted the group. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2023 There is something icky about a gang of elite lawyers billing millions to a business that turned out to be a massive fraud, and then turning around and billing many millions more helping to help untangle that fraud. Byjeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 22 Sep. 2023 With only seven games left in the season, FCD has little time left to turn around a situation that looks very complicated. Abraham Nudelstejer, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2023 That includes dropping a few marquee games like LSU losing to FSU opening weekend, and Texas handing Alabama a 10-point loss the same day Miami thumped Texas A&M by 15. Florida, a dog in a season-opening loss at Utah, turned around and spanked Tennessee on Saturday night. Michael Casagrande | McAsagrande@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2023 The YouTubers revealed the news on Instagram Wednesday, posting a black-and-white video of themselves sharing a kiss before a smiling Sugg turns around and runs to the camera to show off her ring. Stacy Lambe, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 And, lest anyone should forget, Sanders has been hired with the goal of turning around the university’s underperforming asset, i.e., making a winner out of a football team that finished last year in last place in the Pac-12 with a record of 1–11. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2023 Things begin to turn around on Wednesday, when the high temperature is forecast to match Tuesday’s but some sunshine is expected to break through the clouds. Bslovic, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2023 The ads from Biden’s campaign and its allied super-PAC, Future Forward USA Action, have focused heavily on touting his record on the economy — an effort to turn around voters’ current dim view. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


1888, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of turnaround was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Turnaround.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnaround. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
turn·​around ˈtər-nə-ˌrau̇nd How to pronounce turnaround (audio)
: the time needed for one complete cycle or round trip from start to destination and back

turn around

2 of 2 verb
: to act in a sudden, different, or surprising manner
he just turned around and left home
: to change for the better
turned her life around

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