Definition of defining moment in English:

defining moment

Line breaks: de|fin¦ing mo¦ment

noun

An event which typifies or determines all subsequent related occurrences: this is a defining moment for him—there could be a backlash, but there could be great benefits
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  • Both of those events were defining moments in my life.
  • As such, it is relevant that, within the context of such a full description, certain defining moments and events (for Mulcaster) are entirely absent.
  • As I look back on my youth, growing up in Santa Monica, California, I can identify three defining moments in creating my political ideology.

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