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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 ​situationstarts to ​change in an ​important way: The ​organization called the new ​regulations a ​turningpoint in the ​campaign against ​smoking. The ​turningpoint in her ​politicalcareer 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 ​situationstarts to ​change in an ​important, esp. ​positive, way: Having the ​baby was a turning point in ​theirlives.
literature The turning point in a ​work of ​literature is the ​moment or ​section when the ​actionbegins to move toward the ​climax (= the most ​important or ​excitingpart).
(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 ​situationstarts to ​change in an important way: be at/mark/reach a turning point Figures ​published last month suggest the ​housingmarket is at a ​turningpoint. The ​turningpoint came when the company's ​products were ​featured in the ​nationalpress. a crucial/​real/significant ​turningpoint
(Definition of turning point from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “turning point”
in Chinese (Simplified) 转折点,转机…
in Turkish dönüm noktası…
in Russian поворотный пункт…
in Chinese (Traditional) 轉折點,轉機…
in Polish punkt zwrotny…
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