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 The song’s cinematic vibe and 50′s singalong hook have become the go-to for that turning point in the gangster lifestyle. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "200 greatest hip-hop songs of all time," 13 Apr. 2021 Analysts predict the rate of growth of entrepreneurship in the post-Covid-19 economy will continue to be high, despite the rate of vaccination of the population and the passing of the turning point in the fight against the pandemic. Yusuf Berkan Altun, Forbes, "Pandemic Fuels Global Growth Of Entrepreneurship And Startup Frenzy," 9 Apr. 2021 There's something thrilling about standing on the battleground that led to a turning point in the Civil War or imagining Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address to war-weary soldiers. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "10 of the Best Small Towns on the East Coast," 7 Apr. 2021 The United States has reached something of a turning point in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with ten states opening vaccine eligibility to all adults in coming days. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Every adult in these states is eligible for a COVID vaccine this week," 29 Mar. 2021 But analysts say the high court hearing on Thursday may be the beginning of a turning point. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "South Africa Court Set to Rule on Jacob Zuma, and an Era of Impunity," 25 Mar. 2021 Does this wave of Asian American activism feel like a turning point to you? Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: Two generations of Asian American activists on making the most of this moment," 24 Mar. 2021 Soon after the turning point in his career, R.L. Burnside was able to buy some land and a trailer for his large family, said Cedric, who was about 20 at the time. Lici Beveridge, USA Today, "Raised in the Mississippi Delta, the blues shaped music for generations," 17 Feb. 2021 Because of that, tonight's episode feels like a turning point for the show. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Riverdale’s Latest Big Reveal Is Its Best One Yet," 28 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of turning point

1777, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of turning point was in 1777

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17 Apr 2021

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“Turning point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turning%20point. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turning point

: a time when an important change happens

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