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 Indeed, the plasma debacle seems to have been a turning point for Dr. Hahn and agency scientists dismayed by the White House’s efforts to influence the F.D.A.’s actions. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "How the F.D.A. Stood Up to the President," 20 Oct. 2020 The move was a turning point for two teams run by brilliant offensive minds, both influenced by Sid Gillman. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Remembering a 49ers legend: How Fred Dean’s arrival in S.F. launched a dynasty," 15 Oct. 2020 The Little Elm defense then forced a safety to tie the game at 9 — which Brown said was the turning point in the game. Angel Franco, Dallas News, "Coming into his own: Behind efforts of QB John Mateer, Little Elm tops Plano West," 10 Oct. 2020 Blake’s shooting was the final turning point but the action wasn’t just about him. Jason Parham, Wired, "The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed," 2 Oct. 2020 His perfect strike on a deep pass to wide receiver Jha’Quan Jackson might be the turning point of the season. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Tulane 66, Southern Miss 24: Top takeaways from the Green Wave's big win," 26 Sep. 2020 Baltimore was disappointed and embarrassed after losing in the playoffs to the Tennessee Titans last season, and that might have been a turning point for the Ravens young team. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens vs. Chiefs staff picks: Who will win Monday night’s game at M&T Bank Stadium?," 25 Sep. 2020 When the second hostage's escape, the assistant chief said, that was probably the turning point of the standoff. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Gunman dies by suicide after hostages are freed from home on Detroit's west side," 16 Sep. 2020 The string of positives resulted in a team Zoom meeting about accountability and personal responsibility, which proved to be the turning point of a tumultuous midsummer period for the Tigers. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn stresses accountability with COVID-19; players frustrated with noncompliance around town," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

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“Turning point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turning%20point. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of turning point

: a time when an important change happens

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