Definition of turning point in English:

turning point


  • 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’
    • ‘Crises and turning points punctuate the life story of any person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The decision is a definitive turning point and has been recognised as such in Japan.’
    • ‘There is a bit of a fight in us and maybe that Doncaster result will be a bit of a turning point.’
    • ‘The performance will be interspersed with film clipping that showcase stories related to the important turning points of Pandit Jasraj.’
    • ‘Faced with decisive turning points, where clarity is vital, this could be a crippling weakness.’
    • ‘I had the turning points, the debates and decisions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scholars cite a number of turning points leading to today's irritable process.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday night could yet be seen as a turning point, but in which direction it is for Ferguson to say.’
    • ‘Hardly any attention is given to the decisive turning points at which history might have taken a different path.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All of the decisive turning points of German history were characterised by violent and usually bloody conflicts between the classes.’
    • ‘The turning points have been the result not of an accumulation of gradual changes in education or ‘enlightened’ official policy.’
    watershed, critical moment, decisive moment, crossroads, crisis, climacteric, moment of truth
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turning point

/ˈtərniNG ˌpoint/