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.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images Paul Manafort’s new agreement to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation marks a major, and potentially crucial, turning point for the Russian interference probe. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Paul Manafort’s flip is a major turning point in the Mueller investigation," 14 Sep. 2018 The game is full of player choices that don’t always seem, on the surface, like relevant narrative turning points, thanks to RDR II's minimalist approach. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 The leading indicators are designed to provide early signals of turning points between the expansion and slowdown of economic activity, and are based on a variety of data series that have a history of anticipating swings in future economic activity. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "OECD Leading Indicators Flash Growth Warning," 10 Sep. 2018 There were a number of turning points, the first occurring before the first pitch was thrown. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Norton avenges only loss of season in win over Abington," 25 May 2018 Drivers can learn a new track, turning points, breaking points and shifting points among other things. Zach Horrall, Indianapolis Star, "Indy car simulators become more important with increased limits on testing," 24 June 2018 The game’s turning point came in the bottom of the fifth inning as Cougars’ center fielder Dylan Arnold stepped to the plate with junior Jonathan Gilbride and senior Denis Taylor on base after each were hit by a pitch. Christopher Bokum, BostonGlobe.com, "Austin Prep repeats as Div. 3 North champion," 17 June 2018 Kelly pointed to two plays as turning points in the team’s loss in the postseason. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Review & preview: Goucher men’s lacrosse," 20 June 2018 Fans who think that the NBA revolves around the glorious sun that is the Warriors might be surprised to learn that Iguodala’s arrival in 2013 was a franchise turning point. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Andre Iguodala’s season review: Organizer, babysitter, leader," 13 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of turning point

: a time when an important change happens

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