focalize

verb

fo·​cal·​ize ˈfō-kə-ˌlīz How to pronounce focalize (audio)
focalized; focalizing

transitive verb

1
: to bring to a focus
2

intransitive verb

1
: to come to a focus : concentrate
2
focalization noun

Examples of focalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both feel-good flicks CODA and King Richard focalize talented girls who use the strength their loving and supportive parents have imbued them with to pursue their dreams of professional stardom (in the music and tennis worlds, respectively). Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2022 The university news center adds: The FCC has authorized 5G to focalize power much more densely compared with previous generations of cellular networks. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 4 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of focalize was in 1804

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Cite this Entry

“Focalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/focalize. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

focalize

verb
fo·​cal·​ize
variants or British focalise
focalized or British focalised; focalizing or British focalising

transitive verb

: to confine to a limited area
the ability to focalize a coccidioidal infectionThe Journal of the American Medical Association

intransitive verb

: to become confined to a limited area
pullorum disease commonly focalizes in the adult bird's ovary
focalization noun
or British focalisation
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