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verb [intransitive/transitive] focus pronunciation in American English /ˈfoʊkəs/
Word Forms
present tense
he/she/itfocusses or focuses
present participlefocusing or focussing
past tensefocused or focussed
past participlefocused or focussed
  1. 1
    to concentrate on something and pay particular attention to it
    I know you’re tired, but try to focus.
    focus on/upon: We will focus upon three main topics.
    focus attention on something: Attention has been focused recently on the dangers of nuclear reactors.
    focus your mind on something: He found himself struggling to focus his mind on the discussion.
    focus solely/entirely/particularly/exclusively on something: Schools should not focus exclusively on standardized test results.
    focus efforts/energy on something: Efforts are now focused on cleaning up the beaches.
  2. 2
    to turn a part on a camera, telescope, microscope, etc. until you can see something clearly
    She leaned on a rock, focusing her binoculars.
    focus on: The television cameras were focused on the crowd.
  3. 3
    if your eyes focus, or if you focus your eyes, you look at something carefully until you can start to see it clearly
    It took a while for my eyes to focus in the dim light of the cave.
    focus your eyes/gaze on someone/something: Polly focused her gaze on Nathan.


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