English - Vietnamese Dictionary
focus /'foukəs/Concise Dictionary
- danh từ, số nhiều focuses; foci
- (toán học), (vật lý) tiêu điểm
- (nghĩa bóng) trung tâm, trọng điểm tâm
- to bring into focus; to bring to a focus
- làm nổi bật hẳn lên, nêu bật hẳn lên
- focus of interest
- điểm trọng tâm, điểm tập trung mọi sự chú ý
- ngoại động từ
- làm tụ vào
- to focus the sun's rays on something: làm tia nắng tụ vào vật gì
- điều chỉnh tiêu điểm (của thần kinh)
- tập trung
- to focus one's attention: tập trung sự chú ý
- nội động từ
- tụ vào tiêu điểm; tập trung vào một điểm
+the concentration of attention or energy on something
+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
+special emphasis attached to something
+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
+cause to converge on or toward a central point
+bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions
+become focussed or come into focus
+put (an image) into focus
Advanced English Dictionary
1 centre, concentration, focal point, heart, core, target, convergence, hub, nave; cynosure:
Why should Anita always be the focus of attention?
2 in focus. clear, distinct, well- or sharply defined:
With the telescope in focus, you feel as if you can almost touch the distant shore.
3 out of focus. unclear, indistinct, blurred, blurry, fuzzy, woolly:
The photos are so out of focus that I can't tell who's who.
4 concentrate, centre, converge, meet, pinpoint, spotlight; bring into focus; Colloq zero in:
Without distractions, we can focus on the problem at hand.
verb, nounCollocation Dictionary
+ verb (-s- or -ss-)
1 ~ (sth) (on / upon sb/sth) to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another: [V] The discussion focused on three main problems. + Each exercise focuses on a different grammar point. + [VN] The visit helped to focus world attention on the plight of the refugees.
2 ~ (sth) (on sb/sth) (of your eyes, a camera, etc.) to adapt or be adjusted so that things can be seen clearly; to adjust sth so that you can see things clearly: [V] Let your eyes focus on objects that are further away from you. + It took a few moments for her eyes to focus in the dark. + In this scene, the camera focuses on the actor's face. + [VN] He focused his blue eyes on her. + I quickly focused the camera on the children.
3 [VN] ~ sth (on sth) (technical) to aim rays of light onto a particular point using a LENS
(plural focuses or foci )
1 [U, C, usually sing.] ~ (for / on sth) the thing or person that people are most interested in; the act of paying special attention to sth and making people interested in it: It was the main focus of attention at the meeting. + His comments provided a focus for debate. + In today's lecture the focus will be on tax structures within the European Union. + The incident brought the problem of violence in schools into sharp focus. + We shall maintain our focus on the needs of the customer. + What we need now is a change of focus (= to look at things in a different way).
2 (also focal point) a point or distance at which the outline of an object is clearly seen by the eye or through a LENS: The children's faces are badly out of focus (= not clearly shown) in the photograph. + The binoculars were not in focus (= were not showing things clearly).
3 (also focal point) [C] (physics) a point at which rays or waves of light, sound, etc. meet after REFLECTION or REFRACTION; the point from which rays or waves of light, sound, etc. seem to come
4 [C] (geology) the point at which an earthquake starts to happen
1 centre of interest/attention
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.
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.
The focus has now shifted towards the problem of long-term unemployment.
She became a focus for all his anger.
| ~ on
an increased focus on younger people
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
sharp | soft
soft focus shots of cuddly animals
VERB + FOCUS
When I got glasses suddenly the whole world came into focus (= became clear to see).
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. verb
1 give attention to sth
heavily, largely, mainly, particularly, primarily, principally | entirely, exclusively, solely
The study focuses exclusively on secondary schools.
| increasingly | fully | firmly
The attention of the news media was firmly focused on the elections.
| specifically | clearly | directly | closely, sharply | narrowly | initially | inevitably
He inevitably focused on his own concerns, with only a passing query about Jeff.
Degree courses have traditionally focused on the established great writers of the past.
VERB + FOCUS
need to | try to | decide to | tend to | help (to)
Think of some questions that will help focus the discussion.
We need to focus upon the main issues.
The department undertakes highly focused research.
| narrowly focused
The study was criticized for being too narrowly focused.
2 direct your eyes towards sth
VERB + FOCUS
She blinked and tried to focus.
The eye will automatically focus on the small group in the foreground.
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