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focus
used in Me Before You

2 meanings, 14 uses
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1  —5 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)
  • Occasionally he told me something about the film—what else the lead actor had starred in, where he had first seen it—and I made a vaguely interested noise (like I do with Thomas when he presents me with his toys), even though all my attention was actually focused on not mucking up his hair.
    p. 112.8
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • But the most debilitating was a burning sensation in his hands and feet; relentless, pulsing, it would leave him unable to focus on anything else.
    p. 107.2
  • It'll give your mother something to focus on, if nothing else."
    p. 192.2
  • I was focused on my bag, deliberately not looking at them, but even above the hubbub of the airport I could detect the brief silence my words provoked.
    p. 370.1
  • I could barely focus on anything.
    p. 392.2

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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
Definition
where attention is concentrated or directed
  • We were now the focus of the whole restaurant.
    p. 165.3

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  • It was nice to feel so wanted, to find myself the focus of Patrick's attention after months of semidetachment.
    p. 205.7
  • The health visitor had told us it would be good for his concentration, help his focus after the strokes.
    p. 8.8
  • I blinked, letting my eyes focus, then looked up to find Camilla Traynor standing over me.
    p. 97.6
  • The funny thing was, I didn't even do Latin at school—mine was a rather minor public school for girls where the focus was on cooking and embroidery, things that would help us become good wives—but the thing about those plant names is that they do stick in your head.
    p. 119.3
  • They'll be focused on the music."
    p. 178.5
  • If Will couldn't relax and focus on the music, the outing would be wasted.
    p. 181.6
  • I didn't have any overall plan, I just focused each day on getting him out and about and trying to keep him happy.
    p. 191.1
  • Just for once, I was quite enjoying being the focus of attention.
    p. 195.2

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