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English noun: focus

1. focus (cognition) the concentration of attention or energy on something


SamplesThe focus of activity shifted to molecular biology.
He had no direction in his life.


Synonymscentering, direction, focal point, focusing, focussing


Broader (hypernym)absorption, concentration, engrossment, immersion


Narrower (hyponym)particularism

2. focus (attribute) maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system


SamplesIn focus.
Out of focus.


Broader (hypernym)distinctness, sharpness

3. focus (attribute) maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea


SamplesThe controversy brought clearly into focus an important difference of opinion.


Broader (hypernym)clarity, clearness, limpidity, lucidity, lucidness, pellucidity

4. focus (state) a central point or locus of an infection in an organism


SamplesThe focus of infection.


Synonymsfocal point, nidus


Broader (hypernym)point


Part meronymfocal infection

5. focus (state) special emphasis attached to something


SamplesThe stress was more on accuracy than on speed.


Synonymsstress


Broader (hypernym)accent, emphasis

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


Synonymsfocal point


Broader (hypernym)point

7. focus (location) a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section


Broader (hypernym)point


English verb: focus

1. focus (cognition) direct one's attention on something


SamplesPlease focus on your studies and not on your hobbies.


Synonymscenter, centre, concentrate, pore, rivet


Pattern of useSomebody ----s on something


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think


Narrower (hyponym)absorb, engross, engulf, hear, immerse, listen, plunge, recall, soak up, steep, take heed, think, zoom in


Verb grouprivet

2. focus (perception) cause to converge on or toward a central point


SamplesFocus the light on this image.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)sharpen


Narrower (hyponym)refocus


Antonymsblur

3. focus (cognition) bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions


Synonymsconcenter, concentre, focalise, focalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)adjust, align, aline, line up


Narrower (hyponym)refocus

4. focus (change) become focussed or come into focus


SamplesThe light focused.


Synonymsfocalise, focalize


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)adapt, adjust, conform


Antonymsslur, dim, blur

5. focus (change) put (an image) into focus


SamplesPlease focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie.


Synonymsfocalise, focalize, sharpen


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set


Narrower (hyponym)refocus


Causefocalise, focalize, focus


Antonymsblear, blur









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