turning point


: a point at which a significant change occurs

Examples of turning point in a Sentence

Winning that game was the turning point of the team's season. That job was a major turning point in her career.
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Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turning point was in 1777

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“Turning point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turning%20point. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

turning point

: a point (as in an action or situation) where an important change occurs
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