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focus
used in Running in the Family

2 meanings, 4 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)
  • I can only clarify this range in him by focussing on this metamorphosis.
    p. 198.8
focussing = concentrating
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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
Definition
where attention is concentrated or directed
  • Both widows became the focus of the attention of numerous bored husbands.
    p. 115.4

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  • Unlike Cox, Vere had no profession to focus whatever talents he had.
    p. 121.2
  • Once, when the circus lights failed, Major Robinson drove the fire engine into the tent and focussed the headlights on the trapeze artist, who had no intention of continuing and sat there straddling his trapeze.
    p. 41.1

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