re·​fo·​cus | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfō-kəs How to pronounce refocus (audio) \
refocused; refocusing; refocuses

Definition of refocus

transitive verb

1 : to focus again
2 : to change the emphasis or direction of had refocused his life

intransitive verb

1 : to focus something again
2 : to change emphasis or direction

Examples of refocus in a Sentence

She refocused her energies toward a career in music. He needs to refocus his attention on his schoolwork. Sports are not a priority now. You need to refocus and improve your grades.
Recent Examples on the Web China’s Tencent is looking into shedding more of its huge investment portfolio as the company tries to fund a series of share buybacks and refocus its growth strategy. WSJ, 21 Sep. 2022 The Freep’s Evan Petzold has the story of how manager A.J. Hinch has helped Greene refocus on pitch selection. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2022 With additional contributions from filmmakers, pop stars, policy experts and more, my hope is that the book will refocus the conversation on Afghan women and bring their perspectives back to the surface. Nahid Shahalimi, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2022 In December 2021, the Board of Education approved then-Superintendent Steve Lockard’s plan to reinstitute the redistricting committee and refocus on the entire southern region of the county. Baltimore Sun, 6 Sep. 2022 Though Covid-19 likely turned your company's strategic vision upside down, the opportunity also emerged to reset and refocus your business. Devaraj Southworth, Forbes, 19 July 2022 For a program that has lost its way over and over again since losing to Alabama in the 2009 national championship game, Manning gives Texas the chance to reboot and refocus around a singular talent capable of meeting and exceeding the hype. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 For Swarmer and Thompson, getting beat up by the best team in baseball is a good time to toss out those starts and refocus on getting locked in. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 12 June 2022 This shift, combined with shifts in demand, have allowed companies to refocus away from rapidly scaling production to focusing on margins, cash flows, and balance sheet health. Steven Dudash, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of refocus

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Refocus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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transitive verb
re·​fo·​cus | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈfō-kəs How to pronounce refocus (audio) \

Medical Definition of refocus

: to focus again

intransitive verb

: to focus something again

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