re·fo·cus | \(ˌ)rē-ˈfō-kəs \
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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Allegri was sent off after Higuain's winner for entering the pitch in an attempt to get his players to stop celebrating and refocus for the final minutes. Andrew Dampf,, "Serie A Recap: Juventus maitain league lead after thrilling win at Inter," 28 Apr. 2018 That's because a key US ally in the ISIS fight has had to refocus its energy on fighting Turkey. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for March 20: Russia probe, Syria & ISIS, self-driving car, Taiwan, Turpins," 20 Mar. 2018 As part of its turnaround efforts, Groupon is refocusing on key markets and introducing new services that are gaining traction with consumers. Sarah Mcbride And Olga Kharif,, "Groupon surges in premarket move on report it's seeking a buyer," 9 July 2018 Large oil and gas companies like ConocoPhillips are refocusing on the Eagle Ford Shale. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Austin-based oil company buys more Eagle Ford Shale acreage," 6 July 2018 Choi is refocusing his ties with the Sydell Group, the company that owns the Line Hotel, to solely concentrate on plans for a 9,000 square-foot restaurant at the Park MGM in Las Vegas. Jenn Harris,, "This world-famous chef is opening a coffee shop and soul food restaurant in West Adams," 19 June 2018 The new death toll has refocused complaints that federal authorities have not done enough to help struggling Puerto Ricans. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "The 5 deadliest hurricanes in American history now include Hurricane Maria — with new death toll," 29 May 2018 For the next month or so, players will take a quick exhale before being asked to refocus and dial in. Dan Wiederer,, "After an energized offseason, what are the Bears' expectations in 2018?," 14 June 2018 The whole thing is in desperate need of an editor that could refocus scenes around more believable dialogue and cut out the most direct navel-gazing moralizing. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways," 24 May 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of refocus 

: to focus again

intransitive verb

: to focus something again

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a state of commotion or excitement

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