focus


focus
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noun
1 special interest/attention
ADJECTIVE
central, main, major, primary, prime, principal, real
important, special
particular, specific
greater, increased
new, renewed
clear, intense, sharp, strong

The restructuring is designed to give a sharper focus on key markets.

narrow, tight

I found the focus of the debate too narrow.

broad
exclusive, single, sole
single-minded
media

The media focus has now shifted onto something else.

mental
VERB + FOCUS
act as, become, remain, serve as

Cities have always acted as the principal focus of political life.

give sb/sth, provide (sb/sth with)
have

The problem with your plan is that it doesn't have a clear focus.

keep, maintain
change, move, shift, switch

The legal team tried to shift the focus onto the victim.

narrow, sharpen
broaden, expand
lose
lack
bring sth into

This case has brought the problem of drug abuse in schools into sharp focus.

come into

The question of compensation comes into focus.

direct, place, put, turn

I've directed my focus towards/toward developing my skills.

FOCUS + VERB
be on sb/sth, remain on sb/sth

Our primary focus this term will be on group work.

shift, turn to sth

The focus has now shifted towards/toward the problem of long-term unemployment.

PREPOSITION
focus for

She became a focus for all his anger.

focus of

the focus of my research

focus on

an increased focus on younger people

PHRASES
a change of focus, a shift of focus
the focus of attention

He found he was now their main focus of attention.

2 point/distance at which sth is clearly seen
ADJECTIVE
sharp
soft

soft-focus shots of baby animals

VERB + FOCUS
come into

When I got glasses suddenly the whole world came into focus.

PREPOSITION
in focus

The binoculars were not in focus.

out of focus

The children's faces are out of focus in the photograph.

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verb
1 give attention to sth
ADVERB
especially, heavily, largely, mainly, mostly, particularly, primarily, principally
completely, entirely, exclusively, only, solely, totally

The study focuses exclusively on schools.

increasingly
fully
firmly

The attention of the news media was firmly focused on the elections.

specifically
clearly
directly
closely, intensely, sharply
narrowly
initially
VERB + FOCUS
need to
try to
decide to
tend to
help (to)

Think of some questions that will help focus the discussion.

PREPOSITION
on, upon

We need to focus upon the main issues.

PHRASES
highly focused, tightly focused

The department undertakes highly focused research.

narrowly focused

The study was criticized for being too narrowly focused.

2 adjust your eyes
ADVERB
hard, intently
automatically
VERB + FOCUS
try to

She blinked and tried to focus.

PREPOSITION
on, upon

The eye will automatically focus on the small group in the foreground.

Focus is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑attention
Focus is used with these nouns as the object: ↑attention, ↑beam, ↑binoculars, ↑camera, ↑effort, ↑energy, ↑eye, ↑gaze, ↑mind, ↑spotlight, ↑strategy

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