turning point


Definition of turning point

: a point at which a significant change occurs

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Coach Pete Thompson credited that 21-20 overtime defeat as the turning point, when his team ran through the 2019 schedule for their first 10-0 season. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Solon’s debut, St. Edward-St. Ignatius rivalry bookend Week 4: High school football preview," 16 Sep. 2020 The horrific shooting and defiant response reflected a turning point for the NRA, Powell said – to double-down in opposing all gun measures, even steps such as universal background checks that were supported by most gun owners. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: NRA's former No. 2 official Joshua Powell describes 'decades of fraud, corruption' inside lobby group," 5 Sep. 2020 The suit is viewed as a potential landmark case for antitrust enforcement as well as a possible turning point for the wider digital economy, which runs on app stores. Brian Fung, CNN, "Fortnite will stay blocked on Apple's app store for now. But Epic did win one important court battle," 25 Aug. 2020 In a 2014 referendum, Scottish voters rejected secession by the same percentages, but the devastating global health crisis and Britain's departure from the European Union in January may have been a turning point. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Scotland leader's handling of COVID-19 buoys support for British independence," 25 Aug. 2020 Gonzalez said the Texas Derby is an important match for the club and could be a turning point. Angel Franco, Dallas News, "After long layoff Luchi Gonzalez says FC Dallas lacks confidence," 20 Aug. 2020 George Floyd's murder and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests were a turning point, says Binta Brown, an artist manager who has worked with Chance the Rapper and Peter CottonTale. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "Musicians Have Been Slow to Support Biden. Is Harris Finally Bringing In the Stars?," 14 Aug. 2020 For Fred Royal, president of the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP, that was a turning point. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The rise and fall of Alfonso Morales: How a Milwaukee native became the city's top cop, only to be ousted after two-and-half years," 14 Aug. 2020 Covid-19’s massive disruption to the global economy, paired with aggressive boosterism of green tech by the world’s governments, could be a turning point. Matt Simon, Wired, "Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won't Fix Climate Change," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of turning point

1777, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2020

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“Turning point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turning%20point. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of turning point

: a time when an important change happens

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