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Definition 1: maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where focus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in focus
  • out of focus

(focus is a kind of ...) the quality of being sharp and clear

Definition 2: maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where focus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the controversy brought clearly into focus an important difference of opinion

(focus is a kind of ...) free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression

Definition 3: the concentration of attention or energy on something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where focus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology
  • he had no direction in his life

Synonyms for focus in the sense of this definition

(focus is a kind of ...) complete attention; intense mental effort

(... is a kind of focus ) a focus on something particular

Definition 4: a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section - [noun denoting location]

(focus is a kind of ...) the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

"she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"

Definition 5: a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for focus in the sense of this definition

(focus is a kind of ...) the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

"she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"

Definition 6: a central point or locus of an infection in an organism - [noun denoting state]

Samples where focus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the focus of infection

Synonyms for focus in the sense of this definition

(focus is a kind of ...) the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

"she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"

(... is part of focus) bacterial infection limited to a specific organ or region especially one causing symptoms elsewhere

Definition 7: special emphasis attached to something - [noun denoting state]

Samples where focus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the stress was more on accuracy than on speed

Synonyms for focus in the sense of this definition

(focus is a kind of ...) special importance or significance

"the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis" "the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents"

Definition 8: become focussed or come into focus - [verb of change]

Samples where focus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The light focused

Synonyms for focus in the sense of this definition

(focus is a kind of ...) adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

"We must adjust to the bad economic situation"

Definition 9: put (an image) into focus - [verb of change]

Samples where focus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie

Synonyms for focus in the sense of this definition

(focus is a kind of ...) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

"Adjust the clock, please" "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

(... is a kind of focus ) put again into focus or focus more sharply

"refocus the image until it is very sharp"

(focus causes ...) become focussed or come into focus

"The light focused"

Definition 10: direct one's attention on something - [verb of cognition]

Samples where focus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies

Synonyms for focus in the sense of this definition

(focus is a kind of ...) use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

"I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"

(... is a kind of focus ) devote (oneself) fully to

"He immersed himself into his studies"

(... is a kind of focus ) cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression

"She was recalled by a loud laugh"

(... is a kind of focus ) focus one's attention on a certain state

"Think big" "think thin"

(... is a kind of focus ) examine closely; focus one's attention on

"He zoomed in on the book"

(... is a kind of focus ) listen and pay attention

"Listen to your father" "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"

(focus has a similar meaning as ...) hold (someone's attention)

"The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"

Definition 11: bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for focus in the sense of this definition

(focus is a kind of ...) place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight

"align the car with the curb" "align the sheets of paper on the table"

(... is a kind of focus ) focus anew

"The group needs to refocus its goals"

Definition 12: cause to converge on or toward a central point - [verb of perception]

Samples where focus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Focus the light on this image

(focus is a kind of ...) make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper

(... is a kind of focus ) focus once again

"The physicist refocused the light beam"

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