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Harry Potter (#7) and the Deathly Hallows
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as in: bring into focus; or out of focus Define
a state where something has come into view or can be seen clearly (Typically this is said of the appearance of an image or picture, but it can also be said of an issue or something else that get's attention; or of an understanding that become clear.)
  • The visions he and Voldemort were sharing had changed in quality; they had become blurred, shifting as though they were moving in and out of focus.
  • She was standing with one foot in midair, with the dumbstruck look of one who had just been Obliviated: her eyes had even drifted out of focus.

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  • Their faces only came into focus when Harry, Ginny, Lily, and Albus had drawn right up to them.

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  • The bridge collapse brought aging infrastructure into focus as a political issue.
  • The discussion brought into focus an important difference of opinion.

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as in: Turn your focus to question #2. Define
concentrate or look at
  • They were all sitting in the living room when he entered the little hall, their attention focused upon Bill, who was talking.
  • "And why on earth would he tell you?" screeched Muriel, swaying a little in her seat as she attempted to focus upon Harry.

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  • Ron raised his empty hand and pointed in front of him, his eyes focused on something neither Harry nor Hermione could see.
  • One of the boys sharing the compartment, who had shown no interest at all in Lily or Snape until that point, looked around at the word, and Harry, whose attention had been focused entirely on the two beside the window, saw his father: slight, black-haired like Snape, but with that indefinable air of having been well-cared-for, even adored, that Snape so conspicuously lacked.

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  • I find that studying in the library helps me to focus.
  • This week, I’m focusing on finishing my research paper.

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as in: Turn your focus to question #2. Define
concentrate or look at
as in: The focus of our study is... Define
where attention is concentrated
as in: bring into focus; or out of focus Define
a state where something has come into view or can be seen clearly (Typically this is said of the appearance of an image or picture, but it can also be said of an issue or something else that get's attention; or of an understanding that become clear.)
as in: The camera focuses automatically Define
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
technical usage Define
Technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:
  • physics — a point of convergence such as the point where light rays meet
  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)
  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake
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