Meaning of FOCUS in English

FOCUS

I.

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 ~ on key markets.

▪ narrow , tight

I found the ~ of the debate too narrow.

▪ broad

▪ exclusive , single , sole

▪ single-minded

▪ media

The media ~ has now shifted onto something else.

▪ mental

VERB + FOCUS

▪ act as , become , remain , serve as

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

▪ give sb/sth , provide (sb/sth with)

▪ have

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

▪ keep , maintain

▪ change , move , shift , switch

The legal team tried to shift the ~ 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 ~.

▪ come into

The question of compensation comes into ~.

▪ direct , place , put , turn

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

FOCUS + VERB

▪ be on sb/sth , remain on sb/sth

Our primary ~ this term will be on group work.

▪ shift , turn to sth

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

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ for

She became a ~ for all his anger.

▪ ~ of

the ~ of my research

▪ ~ on

an increased ~ on younger people

PHRASES

▪ a change of ~ , a shift of ~

▪ the ~ of attention

He found he was now their main ~ 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 ~.

PREPOSITION

▪ in ~

The binoculars were not in ~.

▪ out of ~

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

II.

verb

1 give attention to sth

ADVERB

▪ especially , heavily , largely , mainly , mostly , particularly , primarily , principally

▪ completely , entirely , exclusively , only , solely , totally

The study ~es exclusively on schools.

▪ increasingly

▪ fully

▪ firmly

The attention of the news media was firmly ~ed 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 ~ the discussion.

PREPOSITION

▪ on , upon

We need to ~ upon the main issues.

PHRASES

▪ highly ~ed , tightly ~ed

The department undertakes highly ~ed research.

▪ narrowly ~ed

The study was criticized for being too narrowly ~ed.

2 adjust your eyes

ADVERB

▪ hard , intently

▪ automatically

VERB + FOCUS

▪ try to

She blinked and tried to ~.

PREPOSITION

▪ on , upon

The eye will automatically ~ 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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