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focus
used in Turtles All the Way Down

2 meanings, 7 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 focus only on the mystery, and embrace the belief that solving it is the ultimate Good, that declarative sentences are inherently better than interrogative ones, and in finding the answer despite my madness, I simultaneously find a way to live with the madness.
    p. 232.4

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2  —3 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.)
  • You could only see the artwork by the light of headlamps and flashlights, so the paintings and photographs lining the walls seemed to come in and out of focus.
    p. 261.3
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Our destiny is coming into focus.
    p. 23.7
  • My favorite pictures of my dad are the few where he's out of focus—because that's how people are, really, and so I settled on one of those, a picture he'd taken of himself with a friend at a Pacers game, the basketball court behind them, their features blurred.
    p. 119.7

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exact meaning not specified
  • But what fascinates me most, and is the focus of my research, is their molecular evolution rate.
    p. 176.6
  • The Instagram contained no real pictures, only quotes rendered in typewritery fonts with soft-focused, crumpled-paper backgrounds.
    p. 56.1
  • Morris's website described his company as "a boutique law firm focusing on the comprehensive needs of high-net-worth individuals."
    p. 61.4

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