- Alternative spelling of turnaround.
(third-person singular simple present turns around, present participle turning around, simple past and past participle turned around)
- (intransitive, reflexive) To physically rotate horizontally 360 degrees.
- Turn around once or twice so I can see your new dress.
- (intransitive, reflexive) To change to the opposite direction from a previous position.
- She turned her position around and now she is in favor of the merger.
- (intransitive, reflexive, sports) To reverse the expected outcome of a game, usually from a losing position to a winning one.
- (business, management) To reverse a trend, usually towards a more favorable outcome; to return (a business, department) to effectiveness, profitability, etc.
- The new management team has really turned the company around and they expect a good profit next year.
- (idiomatic, colloquial) To be duplicitous.
- You can't just turn around and say that it was all my fault.
- (idiomatic, of an idea) To consider from a different viewpoint.
- Let's turn that around and look at it from another angle.
- (idiomatic, colloquial) (often with a unit of time) To produce; to output; to generate
- We can turn around 500 units by next week.
- (idiomatic, buzzword, with "180 degrees") To effect a positive reversal of a trend.
- Let's turn this around 180 degrees and enjoy the rest of our vacation.
- (idiomatic, buzzword, with "360 degrees") To make a situation worse by trying to make it better.
- They turned it around 360 degrees and now they're losing even more money.
"I turned the project around 360 degrees" is belittled by prescriptivists, mathematicians and cartoonists alike. Often, the speaker intends the meaning of "180 degrees" but by evidence of their complete misunderstanding of conversational geometry, not only says the opposite, but gives listeners a good reason to believe that their intended effect did not come to pass. Instead, the situation was probably made worse; at best, one could suppose the net effect was nil, as if there truly had been a literal 360 degree rotation, exactly as the speaker said.