fo|cus1 W2 [ˈfəukəs US ˈfou-] v past tense and past participle focused or focussed present participle focusing or focussing
1¦(give attention to something)¦
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: 'hearth (= place for a fire in a house)']
to give special attention to one particular person or thing, or to make people do this
focus on
He felt he needed to focus more on his career.
focus your attention/mind/efforts on sth
She tried to focus her mind on her work.
focus (sb's) mind/attention (on sth)
(=make people give their attention to something)
We need to focus public attention on this issue.
2.) ¦(CAMERA/TELESCOPE)¦ [I and T]
to point a camera or ↑telescope at something, and change the controls slightly so that you can see that thing clearly
focus on
She turned the camera and focussed on Martin's face.
focus sth on sth
He focused his binoculars on the building opposite.
3.) ¦(EYES)¦ [I and T]
if your eyes focus, or if you focus your eyes, you look at something and can see it clearly
focus on
All eyes focussed on her.
His eyes were focussed straight ahead.
4.) ¦(LIGHT)¦ [T]
if you focus beams of light, you aim them onto a particular place
focus 2
focus2 W2 n
1.) [singular]
the thing, person, situation etc that people pay special attention to
The focus of recent research has been on environmental issues.
focus of
The war in Bosnia had become the focus of media attention .
The focus of interest in the series is what goes on in everyday life.
Another focus of feminist debate has been the film industry.
I shall now turn to the main focus of this essay.
Eggs became the focus for the food poisoning scare.
The focus of the conference shifted from population growth to the education of women.
2.) [U]
if your focus is on something, that is the thing you are giving most attention to
focus on
Our main focus is on helping people get back into work.
a shift of focus
3.) come into focus/bring sth into focus
if something comes into focus, or you bring it into focus, people start to talk about it and pay attention to it
These issues have recently come into sharp focus (=people have started to talk about them a lot) .
4.) in focus/out of focus
if a photograph or an instrument such as a camera is in focus, you can see the picture clearly. If it is out of focus, you cannot see the picture clearly.
5.) [U]
the clearness of the picture seen through an instrument such as a camera
He raised his binoculars and adjusted the focus.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
the focus is on something
the focus of attention/concern/interest
the focus of debate
the main/central/primary focus (of something)
become the focus (of/for something)
provide a focus (for something)
shift the focus (of something)
the focus shifts (from something) (to something)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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