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Meaning & Definition of Focus in English

English

Focus

/foʊkəs/

noun

1. The concentration of attention or energy on something

  • "The focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"
  • "He had no direction in his life"
    synonym:
  • focus
  • ,
  • focusing
  • ,
  • focussing
  • ,
  • focal point
  • ,
  • direction
  • ,
  • centering

2. Maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system

  • "In focus"
  • "Out of focus"
    synonym:
  • focus

3. Maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea

  • "The controversy brought clearly into focus an important difference of opinion"
    synonym:
  • focus

4. A central point or locus of an infection in an organism

  • "The focus of infection"
    synonym:
  • focus
  • ,
  • focal point
  • ,
  • nidus

5. Special emphasis attached to something

  • "The stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
    synonym:
  • stress
  • ,
  • focus

6. A point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges

    synonym:
  • focus
  • ,
  • focal point

7. A fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section

    synonym:
  • focus

verb

1. Direct one's attention on something

  • "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
    synonym:
  • concentrate
  • ,
  • focus
  • ,
  • center
  • ,
  • centre
  • ,
  • pore
  • ,
  • rivet

2. Cause to converge on or toward a central point

  • "Focus the light on this image"
    synonym:
  • focus

3. Bring into focus or alignment

  • To converge or cause to converge
  • Of ideas or emotions
    synonym:
  • concenter
  • ,
  • concentre
  • ,
  • focalize
  • ,
  • focalise
  • ,
  • focus

4. Become focussed or come into focus

  • "The light focused"
    synonym:
  • focus
  • ,
  • focalize
  • ,
  • focalise

5. Put (an image) into focus

  • "Please focus the image
  • We cannot enjoy the movie"
    synonym:
  • focus
  • ,
  • focalize
  • ,
  • focalise
  • ,
  • sharpen

Examples of using

You should focus on the road when you drive.
While you drive, you should focus on the road.
Adjust the microscope's focus.