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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War is one human endeavor that invites us to play the irresistible but entirely imaginary game of singling out the turning points in history. Jonathan Kirsch, Washington Post, "A Nazi victory seemed inevitable. Then came 1941.," 26 July 2019 The game’s turning point was this: Colorado sent 13 batters to the plate in their eight-run fifth inning, chasing L.A. starter Hyun-Jin Ryu from the game. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies win slugfest over Dodgers to snap 12-game losing streak against Blue Bombers from LA," 28 June 2019 The first three are major arcana, which represent significant energies, turning points, or road markers throughout our lives. Lauren Kayes, Allure, "Written in the Cards: What Reading Tarot Taught Me About Gender," 12 June 2019 Many regarded that as the war’s turning point, after which Assad could no longer lose. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 Now Like with Swift’s revelatory early work, Benjamin has the uncanny ability to turn complex, highly personal turning points into verses that are at turns sweet and cutting. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Alec Benjamin Is a Pop Storyteller for the Next Generation," 21 June 2019 Such patterns have come near major market turning points in the past, making them an important signal to investors trying to gauge whether this year’s early rally in stocks could turn into a more sustained rebound after 2018’s steep decline. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Risky Assets Move in Tandem, Stoking Fears More Volatility Lies Ahead," 23 Jan. 2019 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

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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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