turn·​around | \ ˈtərn-ə-ˌrau̇nd How to pronounce turnaround (audio) \

Definition of turnaround

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the action of receiving, processing, and returning something 24-hour turnaround time on most orders
b : the process of readying a transport vehicle for departure after its arrival also : the time spent in this process a quick turnaround between flights
2a : turnabout sense 1a a corporate turnaround
3 : a space permitting the turning around of a vehicle
4 : 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

turned around; turning around; turns around

Definition of turn around (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to become changed for the better
2 : 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

Synonyms for turnaround

Synonyms: Noun

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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: Noun The advanced talks mark a dramatic turnaround from earlier this month, when Twitter was expected to rebuff Mr. Musk’s offer. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 Equally amazing, is the fact that Cleveland’s early, dramatic offensive turnaround has come without any significant offseason trades or free agent signings. Jim Ingraham, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 These numbers should terrify Democrats who are on the ballot this fall, barring a rapid turnaround in inflation, which most economists believe is unlikely. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 Bergeron likes his turnaround one-timers from the slot. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 The Barbie maker has held talks with private-equity firms about a potential sale, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, just a few months after the company declared its corporate turnaround complete. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Even though Meta missed Wall Street revenue forecasts for the first quarter and posted its slowest revenue growth in years, investors were celebrating its turnaround on user numbers — a key metric for advertisers. Allison Morrow, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 While the Doe Springs junction makes for a good turnaround point, hikers can opt to customize the hike length by way of a car shuttle or tying in with the popular Boy Scout Loop for a more rigorous out-and-back trek through burro land. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 Cease’s slider led his turnaround - his pitch-specific Adjusted Contact Score ranked 8th, his whiff rate 5th among the 44 MLB qualifiers. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hoping to see things turn around, but each week that feels less and less likely. Follow me on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 However, in the bottom picture, the placement of the ball makes Waddle completely turn around to make the catch. Lance Reisland, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 Web3 has different colored hair, but the same DNA as these earlier web paradigms, which decentralized services at an unprecedented scale in order to turn around and centralize wealth again at an unprecedented scale to a select few. Scott Galloway, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 The singers have to perform their ass off to impress the judges who have the option to turn around and bring the performer onto their team. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 5 Mar. 2022 The stalls are too small for pregnant pigs to turn around in and have been connected with a number of health issues in pigs. Amiah Taylor, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 KaDee Strickland has been cast as Debbie, Megan's hard-working single mom, while Lisa Yamada portrays Parker, a popular musician who becomes more cynical as the world takes a dark turn around her. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 22 Apr. 2022 Yamada is set as Parker, a popular musician who becomes more cynical as the world takes a dark turn around her. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2022 Austin Slater, who was in right Sunday, got the Giants an important out there in the third, throwing behind Jesús Sánchez on his leadoff single when Sánchez took a wide turn around first. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turnaround


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


1934, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

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“Turnaround.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnaround. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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