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turnaround Syllabification: turn·a·round
Pronunciation: /ˈtərnəˌround/

Definition of turnaround in English:


1An abrupt or unexpected change, especially one that results in a more favorable situation: it was a remarkable turnaround in his fortunes
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  • In each of these situations, an unexpected turnaround causes someone's life to change dramatically, and for the better.
  • The turnaround is the result of an attitude change at the club and not just from the players.
  • This turnaround is largely the result of the Baby-boomer bulge entering retirement and being succeeded by steady-state Baby-bust workforce.
2The process of completing or the time needed to complete a task, especially one involving receiving something, processing it, and sending it out again: a seven-day turnaround
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  • As systems become more accessible, customers demand a faster turnaround.
  • Carter maintains that the turnaround he was hired for was complete, and that he left voluntarily.
  • RTE says the turnaround time is a fraction of a second.
2.1The process of or time taken for unloading and reloading a ship, aircraft, or vehicle.
Example sentences
  • They did a quick turnaround of the aircraft, and thus nobody got any food.
  • It is looking at a faster turnaround of vehicles unloading waste and collections of items to be recycled.
  • It is hoped the development will allow a quicker turnaround time for ships coming into Sligo Harbour, particularly as the winter brings shorter daylight hours.
3North American A space for vehicles to turn around in, especially one at the end of a driveway or dead-end street.
Example sentences
  • Already a new hard standing area for lorry turnarounds has been laid at Rolawn's Elvington headquarters where the York depot will be based.
  • There was only the limousine, disappearing once more around the corner of the estate wall toward the turnaround.

Words that rhyme with turnaround

runaround • ultrasound

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