Focus - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfoʊkəs|  American pronunciation of the word focus
Brit.  |ˈfəʊkəs|  British pronunciation of the word focus


- the concentration of attention or energy on something(syn: centering, direction, focusing, focussing)
- maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system
- maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea
- a central point or locus of an infection in an organism(syn: nidus)
- special emphasis attached to something (syn: stress)
- a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges
- a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section


- direct one's attention on something(syn: center, centre, concentrate, pore, rivet)
- cause to converge on or toward a central point
- bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions (syn: concenter, concentre, focalise, focalize)
- become focussed or come into focus(syn: focalise, focalize)
- put (an image) into focus(syn: focalise, focalize, sharpen)


He's successful, but he feels that his life lacks focus.

His life lacks a focus.

She has an amazing ability to focus for hours at a time.

I wasn't able to focus the camera.

I wasn't able to get the camera to focus.

Dave likes to be the focus of attention.

In tonight's programme the focus is on vegetarian food.

All her energy was focused upon her children.

All eyes were focused on the young actress.

I find it hard to focus when it's so late at night.

He needs to focus more on his career.

She tried to focus her mind on her work.

We need to focus public attention on this issue.

She turned the camera and focussed on Martin's face.

He focused his binoculars on the building opposite.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: focus
he/she/it: focusses or focuses
present participle: focusing or focussing
past tense: focused or focussed
past participle: focused or focussed
singular: focus
plural: focuses or foci
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