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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Recent Examples on the Web The entire program, having experienced an unthinkable tragedy before an Apollo mission even launched, would refocus and completely reevaluate its procedures and protocols. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, 16 July 2021 Nassib, meanwhile, will refocus on pass-rush moves and outsmarting tackles at the line of scrimmage. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 22 June 2021 Your adrenal glands need a month or two to refocus. Andy Hoglund,, 23 May 2021 In a decision that underlines the challenges of unwinding Trump’s immigration legacy, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security plans to keep the VOICE office open, rename it, and refocus its work to better serve victims and witnesses. Vera Bergengruen, Time, 14 May 2021 During these glimpses, Dethmer takes a moment to refocus himself on the present moment. Rob Dube, Forbes, 11 May 2021 What this did unexpectedly was refocus me, without even my conscious effort in doing so. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2021 Turns out, mental health experts recommend this kind of activity-switching to refocus and re-energize. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 16 June 2021 Instead of residing in a state of disappointment, Milholen used the situation to refocus and strengthen motivation. Arkansas Online, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of refocus

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of refocus was circa 1865

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25 Jul 2021

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“Refocus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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