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focus
used in City of Bones

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
Definition
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
  • She hadn't really focused on what a mess he was.
    Chapter 16 (54% in)
focused = concentrated
There are no more uses of "focus" flagged with this meaning in City of Bones.

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2  —4 uses as in:
bring into focus; or out of focus
Definition
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 something that get's attention, or of an understanding that become clear.)
  • Clary amused herself by letting her eyes fade in and out of focus, watching the glamour appear and disappear.
    Chapter 22 (29% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Clary's eyes sprang open. Slowly the library came back into focus—the book-lined walls, the anxious faces of Hodge and Jace.
    Chapter 10 (48% in)
  • focus = view (a state where something can be seen clearly)
  • Something about Jace sharpened him, brought him into focus. If she were going to draw them together, she thought, she would make Jace a little blurry, while Alec stood out, all sharp, clear planes and angles.
    Chapter 11 (14% in)
  • focus = view (a state where something can be seen clearly)
  • The rune on the page seemed to spring into sharp focus, and she thought, involuntarily, Remember.
    Chapter 13 (25% in)
focus = view (a state where something can be seen clearly)
There are no more uses of "focus" flagged with this meaning in City of Bones.

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