Definition of turnaround in English:


(also turnround)


  • 1An abrupt or unexpected change, especially one that results in a more favourable situation.

    ‘it was a remarkable turnaround in his fortunes’
    • ‘The result marks a dramatic turnaround in World Cup fortunes for England.’
    • ‘This is a totally unexpected turnaround for a sport that has struggled to even field a team the last few years.’
    • ‘In one month you could be seeing a huge turnaround in your marketing and the results of your efforts.’
    • ‘We are in a turnaround situation where we are improving things.’
    • ‘The turnaround is in large part due to a change in approach.’
    • ‘We're in a situation where turnarounds and quick fixes aren't enough.’
    • ‘Any turnaround will require slight changes in their outlook, which is a difficult process when things almost always work sensationally well.’
    • ‘As a result of the recent turnaround in beef market share, feeder calf producers are smiling.’
    • ‘In a dramatic turnaround, Joseph is transformed from jailed prisoner to prime minister of Egypt in a matter of hours.’
    • ‘This turnaround is largely the result of the Baby-boomer bulge entering retirement and being succeeded by steady-state Baby-bust workforce.’
    • ‘In each of these situations, an unexpected turnaround causes someone's life to change dramatically, and for the better.’
    • ‘In an extraordinary turnaround, the Council changed its mind and went back to the Court to appeal against its own victory.’
    • ‘All that changed however, with the turnaround at half-time.’
    • ‘Much of the turnaround was the result of a new focus on marketing.’
    • ‘Natalie feels this was key to her successful transition and her amazing turnaround.’
    • ‘Following the turnaround, St Paul's received a favourable Ofsted report from inspectors in which they highlighted good standards.’
    • ‘The result was a turnaround of €45m since last year and ended three successive years of escalating losses, which threatened the future of the company.’
    • ‘The move was an apparent turnaround in policy by the U.S. government.’
    • ‘The turnaround is the result of an attitude change at the club and not just from the players.’
    • ‘Their turnaround is immediate and they lose no time in switching directions.’
  • 2The process of completing or the time needed to complete a task, especially one involving receiving something, processing it, and sending it out again.

    ‘a seven-day turnaround’
    • ‘Because of the economic recession, expect a long turnaround time.’
    • ‘As systems become more accessible, customers demand a faster turnaround.’
    • ‘RTE says the turnaround time is a fraction of a second.’
    • ‘Carter maintains that the turnaround he was hired for was complete, and that he left voluntarily.’
    1. 2.1The process of or time taken for unloading and reloading a ship, aircraft, or vehicle.
      ‘short hops with quick turnarounds and limited in-flight service’
      • ‘They did a quick turnaround of the aircraft, and thus nobody got any food.’
      • ‘The aircraft turnaround time is scheduled to be no more than 25 minutes so charges are also low.’
      • ‘Tightened security on domestic flights has lengthened the turnaround time for aircraft.’
      • ‘Many budget airlines have fast turnarounds, with airlines unloading their passengers and quickly reboarding.’
      • ‘It is looking at a faster turnaround of vehicles unloading waste and collections of items to be recycled.’
      • ‘With quick turnarounds, there is no time to properly service and airplane.’
      • ‘It would also need to cut aircraft turnaround times at airports - another key tactic used to devastating effect by its low-cost competitors.’
      • ‘As I stepped off the plane, the ground crew rushed in, handling freight and luggage in anticipation of the quick turnaround.’
      • ‘It is hoped the development will allow a quicker turnaround time for ships coming into Sligo Harbour, particularly as the winter brings shorter daylight hours.’
      • ‘After a quick turnaround at Waterford, the London Luton bound Aer Arann ATR72 lifted off the runway on time at 3pm.’
      • ‘First, the cleaning time of an aircraft is low, as the cabin crew performs this task and no external cleaning team has to enter the aircraft during turnarounds.’
      • ‘After a quick turnaround on deck, I again found myself waiting at the holdshort for runway 15.’
      • ‘The airport will need to be able to facilitate quick flight turnarounds as well as deal with growing passenger numbers.’
      about-face, volte-face, turnaround, turnround, turnabout, u-turn, rowback
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  • 3North American A space for vehicles to turn round in, especially one at the end of a driveway.

    • ‘There was only the limousine, disappearing once more around the corner of the estate wall toward the turnaround.’
    • ‘Already a new hard standing area for lorry turnarounds has been laid at Rolawn's Elvington headquarters where the York depot will be based.’