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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.


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


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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