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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 attributivelya 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 andafter three years he just turned around and left school

transitive verb

: to change for the better turned her life around

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lab at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare had a turnaround time nearly as good, an average of 1.68 days. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Denver Zoo, resort bubble, nursing home shots: News from around our 50 states," 29 Dec. 2020 Her suppliers ran out of orange shirts in the fall, and her fulfillment turnaround time stretched to two weeks in November as orders poured in. Washington Post, "This year’s online shopping rush is great for e-commerce and bad for last-minute shoppers," 21 Dec. 2020 The Shield tests would cost about $20 each, with turnaround time being 8 to 24 hours. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "OPRF High School considering COVID-19 saliva tests for students, staff," 21 Dec. 2020 Hewlett, with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said tests can be hard to come by in rural areas and the turnaround time for results can take a week. USA Today, "A small town dragged its feet on COVID-19 mask mandates. Now residents are paying the price.," 11 Dec. 2020 Put together a resource list: local testing locations (hours, patient requirements, cost, turnaround time). Stephanie Ruhle, NBC News, "Stephanie Ruhle: My family got Covid-19 — Here's what I know now," 10 Dec. 2020 Because of the turnaround time for the NFL’s more accurate PCR tests, three Ravens players this season — cornerback Marlon Humphrey and running backs Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins — have played in games despite returning a positive test. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Why did Ravens WR Dez Bryant warm up Tuesday? NFL medical official says it was a matter of timing.," 9 Dec. 2020 In Michigan, the average turnaround time in the last two weeks for coronavirus test results is a little less than three days, according to state data. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan House won't hold votes Tuesday out of 'abundance of caution' after Giuliani test," 7 Dec. 2020 State officials also are searching for additional labs to shorten the turnaround time for testing. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus response strained by rising cases, impacting both testing and contact tracing," 4 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The change in fortune is a testament to Airbnb's ability to quickly turn around its business during the pandemic, cutting costs and focusing more on long-term stays closer to home. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Airbnb's 'incredible' IPO lost out on $4 billion," 11 Dec. 2020 The pandemic forced organizers to delay the start of the event by a year to Oct. 1, 2021 — putting even more pressure on the expo to turn around Dubai's economy, which had been struggled even before the virus. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "US shows off its star-studded Expo 2020 pavillion in Dubai," 18 Nov. 2020 Unlike major and secondary streets, the connectors will have plows taking a single swipe down the middle of the street and moving on to the next route without the need to turn around. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis is changing how it plows residential streets. Here's what that means for you.," 6 Nov. 2020 On the third day of a western campaign swing, Trump was facing intense pressure to turn around his campaign, hoping for the type of last-minute surge that gave him a come-from-behind victory four years ago. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Trump attacks polls, press and Dr. Fauci," 20 Oct. 2020 On the third day of a western campaign swing, Trump was facing intense pressure to turn around his campaign, hoping for the type of last-minute surge that gave him a come-from-behind victory four years ago. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Angry Trump steps up attacks on Fauci, polls, media: A.M. News Links," 20 Oct. 2020 Coming off a disappointing loss to Houston, Tulane has a tremendous opportunity to turn around the negativity immediately. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Huge opportunity: Tulane trying to end two frustrating streaks against SMU," 15 Oct. 2020 Renault SA announced a new corporate structure pegged to four brands in the first attempt by Chief Executive Officer Luca de Meo to turn around the struggling automaker. Tara Patel, Bloomberg.com, "Renault Unveils Brand-Focused Revamp to Help Spur Turnaround," 1 Sep. 2020 Arizona hired Fisch on Wednesday, hoping the former New England Patriots quarterbacks coach can turn around a program that fell into disarray during three years under Kevin Sumlin. John Marshall, ajc, "Arizona hires Patriots assistant Fisch as head coach," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of turnaround was in 1926

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14 Jan 2021

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“Turnaround.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnaround. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turnaround

: the time it takes someone to receive, deal with, and return something
: the process of making something (such as an airplane) ready for use again after it has arrived at a place
: a complete change from a bad situation to a good situation, from one way of thinking to an opposite way of thinking, etc.

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