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|plural||focuses or foci|
We seem to agree on which areas need special focus.
At this point, the focus of the war moved to the Eastern Front.
The main focus of the discussion was the way in which women are portrayed in advertising.
We have chosen six communities as the focus for our study.
The teaching of basic mathematics has been a particular focus of our attention.
The oil crisis became the focus of Western concern in the early 1970s.
I'd like to see more focus on economic policy.
The school puts a strong focus on academic achievement.
The report calls for greater focus on the needs of the poor.
They are trying to shift the focus more toward domestic policy.
The issue of pedestrian safety has been brought sharply into focus this week.
Each course unit has a very clear focus.
I think this marketing campaign has lost its focus.
A lot of young adults seem to lack focus in their lives.
Some of the photographs aren't quite in focus.
Dad's face gradually came into focus in the viewfinder.
Some of the shots seemed to be out of focus.
This is the American English definition of focus. View British English definition of focus.
someone who studies the stars
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