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 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 Even Quest and LabCorp have said their average turnaround times have dropped significantly in recent weeks. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "How Companies Are Getting Speedy Coronavirus Tests for Employees," 15 Sep. 2020 That never happened, and because turnaround times have since improved, Soupergirl resumed routinely testing employees. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "'I was floored': Coronavirus test prices charged by some hospitals and labs stun consumers, spur questions," 15 Sep. 2020 Since then, turnaround times at the company have been about two to three days, and the company has capacity of about 50,000 to 60,0000 tests a day, Mr. Cohen said. Scott Patterson, WSJ, "Labs Struggled With Surge in Covid-Testing Demand; How One Made It Through," 6 Sep. 2020 That means longer turnaround times and less frequent testing. Emma Court, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Medical Supply Shortage Plaguing More Than Just Tests for Covid-19," 1 Sep. 2020 The goal is to avoid the long testing turnaround times that the country was plagued with this summer. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "America Doesn’t Have a Coherent Strategy for Asymptomatic Testing. It Needs One.," 1 Sep. 2020 But state and county officials have acknowledged that California’s testing capacity and turnaround times are limited. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County schools will get green light to reopen Tuesday, but many districts will remain closed," 30 Aug. 2020 The new tests dramatically reduce turnaround times for results because they can be processed on site. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "Hundreds of Minnesota nursing homes to receive rapid testing kits for coronavirus," 25 Aug. 2020 The league needs to develop protocols that assures fast turnaround times for tests and re-tests to prevent a repeat of this weekend’s events. oregonlive, "Lab blames ‘isolated contamination’ for NFL’s 77 false positive COVID-19 tests in one day," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Saints, coming off an emotional win over UMS-Wright last week, must turn around and travel to unbeaten Faith Academy on Friday. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "'What’s next?’ Gulf Coast HS football coaches face another obstacle in Sally," 15 Sep. 2020 Thomas was almost home when something made her pause and turn around. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage woman was attacked on the street by a stranger. She says another stranger stepped in and saved her life.," 15 Sep. 2020 Trump, to turn around popular opinion and get commerce moving again, has focused on rolling back government restrictions imposed to stem the pandemic. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Economic confidence weakened by summer virus surge and end of federal relief," 11 Sep. 2020 In the statement, Kvalø notes that large warships tend to turn around when sinking due to their high center of gravity. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Wreck of German Warship Sunk in 1940 Found Off Norwegian Coast," 9 Sep. 2020 What signs are there that this is going to turn around? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: The truth is David Bell is starting to sound like David Shula.," 2 Sep. 2020 Economists didn’t worry about this because foreign nations would turn around and invest in America, so the dollars typically came back, one way or another. Washington Post, "The Trump vs. Obama economy — in 16 charts," 5 Sep. 2020 After a brutal spring and summer with many on lockdown around the U.S. and world, the owner of Max Factor and Covergirl says things are starting to turn around, albeit slowly. Gerald Porter Jr., Bloomberg.com, "Coty Declines After Posting Worse-Than Anticipated Sales," 28 Aug. 2020 Tests performed Monday were also taking about a day to turn around, Kaler said. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "University of Illinois performed more than 17,000 COVID-19 tests on first day of classes, but high demand has slowed results," 27 Aug. 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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“Turnaround.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnaround. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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