focus noun

1 centre of interest/attention

ADJ. central, main, major, primary, prime, principal | important, special | greater, increased | clear, sharp, strong The company's restructuring is designed to give a sharper focus on key growth markets. | narrow I found the focus of the debate too narrow.

VERB + FOCUS act as, give sb/sth, provide (sb/sth with), serve as Cities have always acted as the principal focus of political life. | change, shift At this stage of the trial the defence lawyer often shifts the focus onto the victim. | bring sth into This case has brought the problem of drug abuse in schools into sharp focus. | come into The question of compensation comes into focus.

FOCUS + VERB be on sb/sth Our primary focus this term will be on group work. | shift The focus has now shifted towards the problem of long-term unemployment.

PREP. ~ for She became a focus for all his anger. | ~ on an increased focus on younger people

PHRASES a change/shift of focus, the focus of attention He found he was now their main focus of attention.

2 point/distance at which sth is clearly seen

ADJ. sharp | soft soft focus shots of cuddly animals

VERB + FOCUS come into When I got glasses suddenly the whole world came into focus (= became clear to see).

PREP. in ~ The binoculars were not in focus (= were not showing things clearly). | out of ~ The children's faces are badly out of focus (= not clearly shown) in the photograph.