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focus
used in The Shack

3 meanings, 20 uses
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1  —18 uses 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)
  • Nan made it clear that he had a lot of explaining to do, but was for the time being focused more on his recovery than her need for answers.
    18. Outbound Ripples (16% in)
focused = concentrating
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Mack reluctantly turned his attention to his daughter who, seeing him focus, started explaining the contents of her treasure box.
    2. The Gathering Dark (26% in)
  • focus = concentrate
  • Oblivious to the shouts around him as people barked instructions and questions, Mack focused on his task, his own panic building inside his chest.
    3. The Tipping Point (94% in)
  • focused = concentrated
  • "What a sight I must be," he thought, and probably would have chuckled if his mind wasn't so focused on Missy.
    4. The Great Sadness (4% in)
  • focused = concentrating
  • Although already exhausted by the emotions of the day, Mack was desperate to do anything to help and deliberately focused his mind to try and remember whatever he could about the morning.
    4. The Great Sadness (25% in)
  • focused = concentrated
  • He knew his mind was rambling, so he focused on the one question he most wanted answered.
    5. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (99% in)
  • focused = concentrated
  • Instead, he focused on what she had just said and regained his composure.
    6. A Piece of Pi (36% in)
  • focused = concentrated
  • "But then," he paused, still focused on staying rational, "why is there such an emphasis on you being a Father?"
    6. A Piece of Pi (39% in)
  • focused = concentrating
  • Sarayu seemed to be intently focused on a particular task.
    9. A Long Time Ago, In a Garden Far, Far Away (17% in)
  • focused = concentrating
  • Feeling more confident, he began to slowly and deliberately walk in the direction he had been facing, focusing on the floor for fear it might at any moment drop away beneath him.
    11. Here Come Da Judge (7% in)
  • focusing = looking
  • He dared not speak, afraid that his voice would simply be swallowed up in the intensity of the room's focus on her.
    11. Here Come Da Judge (11% in)
  • focus = attention
  • He gasped, trying to focus more intently.
    11. Here Come Da Judge (82% in)
  • focus = concentrate
  • Now Mack focused on her, trying to memorize again every detail of her expression and hair and hands.
    11. Here Come Da Judge (87% in)
  • focused = concentrated
  • You are focused on your companion and if you had eyes to see, the two of you would be enveloped in an array of colors and light, which mark not only your uniqueness as individuals but also the uniqueness of the relationship between you and the emotions you'd be experiencing in that moment.
    15. A Festival of Friends (56% in)
  • focused = concentrating
  • "So then why," Mack's attention had returned to the troublemaker, "why is that one having so much difficulty and why does he seem focused on us?"
    15. A Festival of Friends (66% in)
  • focused = concentrated
  • "Mackenzie," Sarayu said gently, "he is not focused on us, he is focused on you."
    15. A Festival of Friends (66% in)
  • focused = concentrating
  • "Mackenzie," Sarayu said gently, "he is not focused on us, he is focused on you."
    15. A Festival of Friends (66% in)
  • focused = concentrating
  • Initially, Nan focused on being patient and attentive, trying as best she could to suspend judgment but not seriously considering that his ravings were anything but remnants of neurological damage.
    18. Outbound Ripples (57% in)
focused = concentrated
There are no more uses of "focus" flagged with this meaning in The Shack.

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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
Definition
where attention is concentrated or directed
  • His primary focus was Josh.
    3. The Tipping Point (85% in)
focus = place where attention is directed
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3  —1 use as in:
The camera focuses automatically
Definition
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
  • But strangely, he still had a difficult time focusing on her; she seemed almost to shimmer in the light and her hair blew in all directions even though there was hardly a breeze.
    5. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (85% in)
focusing = adjusting vision (to see something clearly)
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