Meaning of “turning point” in the English Dictionary

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"turning point" in British English

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turning pointnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈtɜː.nɪŋ ˌpɔɪnt/ us /ˈtɝː.nɪŋ ˌpɔɪnt/

the time at which a situation starts to change in an important way:

The organization called the new regulations a turning point in the campaign against smoking.
The turning point in her political career came when she was chosen to run for a Senate seat.

(Definition of “turning point” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"turning point" in American English

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turning pointnoun [ C ]

us /ˈtɜr·nɪŋ ˌpɔɪnt/

the time when a situation starts to change in an important, esp. positive, way:

Having the baby was a turning point in their lives.

literature The turning point in a work of literature is the moment or section when the action begins to move toward the climax (= the most important or exciting part).

(Definition of “turning point” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"turning point" in Business English

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turning pointnoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk us

a time when a situation starts to change in an important way:

be at/mark/reach a turning point Figures published last month suggest the housing market is at a turning point.
The turning point came when the company's products were featured in the national press.
a crucial/real/significant turning point

(Definition of “turning point” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)