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focus
used in A Great and Terrible Beauty

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —3 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)
  • Ann stares at the cup, grateful for something to focus on.
    Chapter 26 (74% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Focus on his face, his full lips, perfect as a bow.
    Chapter 2 (43% in)
  • I say nothing, just focus on my spot on the wall.
    Chapter 32 (93% in)

There are no more uses of "focus" flagged with this meaning in A Great and Terrible Beauty.

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2  —2 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.)
  • The whole room spins out of focus and comes back.
    Chapter 19 (29% in)
  • My room comes into focus by degrees—the ceiling, the gray light at the window, the worn wooden floor.
    Chapter 28 (31% in)

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • When she reaches the left side of the grand room, she opens her eyes and focuses on a heavyset man in the second row.
    Chapter 21 (18% in)

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