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.
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Lorraine Creedon, a layperson with the congregation, said the butterfly release started four years back when the church refocused its mission. Dennis Hohenberger,, "Butterfly Release Benefits Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center," 27 June 2019 After partnering with colleges and universities on international studies programs in the 1950s, the James J. Hill Reference Library refocused itself in 1976 on the state’s business growth and economic development. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Nearing the century mark, downtown St. Paul’s James J. Hill Center to close in July," 11 June 2019 The team refocused on developing and releasing the C64 Mini first as other retro mini-consoles, such as the NES and SNES Classic Editions, exploded in popularity. Allen Kim, CNN, "Iconic 80s computer The Commodore 64 to return with fully-functional keyboard," 26 June 2019 But the transformation refocuses the existing staff. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "New Denver focus on transportation heading to voters in November," 24 June 2019 At this point, be sure to stop petting Felix and refocus him on a toy instead. Mary-ann Fernandes, The Mercury News, "Critter corner: What to do about cat’s scratch fever," 21 June 2019 Once Ames was handcuffed and inside the patrol car, the officers refocused their attention on Harper and the children, according to the claim., "After a 4-year-old took doll from store, video shows Phoenix police pulling gun on parents," 16 June 2019 The key thing is just to regroup, refocus, get everybody healthy and then go into the next game. Julian Cardillo, Pro Soccer USA, "Former Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni hoping to invigorate New Zealand," 16 June 2019 Newsom, who campaigned on single-payer health care, wanted to refocus the commission on evaluating options for transitioning to the public model. Alexei Koseff,, "Where Gov. Gavin Newsom wins and loses in newly passed California budget," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of refocus

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of refocus

: to adjust (something, such as a camera or a lens) again to make an image clear
: to cause (something, such as attention) to be directed at something different


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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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