Definition of turning point in English:

turning point

noun

  • A time at which a decisive change in a situation occurs, especially one with beneficial results.

    ‘this could be the turning point in Nancy's career’
    • ‘I barely knew what moral compromises were, at that age-or rather, I didn't know how cunningly they lie in wait for us around each of life's turning points.’
    • ‘The turning points have been the result not of an accumulation of gradual changes in education or ‘enlightened’ official policy.’
    • ‘Faced with decisive turning points, where clarity is vital, this could be a crippling weakness.’
    • ‘Crises and turning points punctuate the life story of any person.’
    • ‘Hardly any attention is given to the decisive turning points at which history might have taken a different path.’
    • ‘All of the decisive turning points of German history were characterised by violent and usually bloody conflicts between the classes.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday night could yet be seen as a turning point, but in which direction it is for Ferguson to say.’
    • ‘The performance will be interspersed with film clipping that showcase stories related to the important turning points of Pandit Jasraj.’
    • ‘She claims that her career contains no major breakthroughs or turning points, but when she sang Amelia in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, people began to take notice.’
    • ‘His goal, 15 minutes into the second half, was the final turning point in the game.’
    • ‘The turning point of the half and perhaps the game, occurred on the eleventh minute.’
    • ‘Scholars cite a number of turning points leading to today's irritable process.’
    • ‘There is a bit of a fight in us and maybe that Doncaster result will be a bit of a turning point.’
    • ‘Historians are forever on the lookout for turning points and watersheds.’
    • ‘Script editors obsess over a screenplay hitting its points, that is, reaching the so-called turning points described by the scriptwriting courses.’
    • ‘The decision is a definitive turning point and has been recognised as such in Japan.’
    • ‘I had the turning points, the debates and decisions.’
    • ‘There were lots of turning points when I could have gone the other way as a young blonde with long hair.’
    • ‘February holds interesting turning points for all signs.’
    • ‘That they persevered in the face of freezing cold, starvation and deprivation to win the struggle is one of the salient epic turning points of history.’
    watershed, critical moment, decisive moment, crossroads, crisis, climacteric, moment of truth
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Pronunciation

turning point

/ˈtərniNG ˌpoint//ˈtərnɪŋ ˌpɔɪnt/