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 Brooklyn Nine-Nine has decided to scrap the first four episodes of its upcoming season to refocus the show on the current social justice movement. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine scraps four new episodes, citing social justice movement," 24 June 2020 Sabogal’s high-impact images and murals capture the eye, then refocus it on critical issues like immigration, feminism and human rights. Samantha Nobles-block,, "Bay Area artist followed her political convictions to a life in art," 1 June 2020 Benton said his staff has refocused to prioritize these oldest claims, some of which are held up due to complex problems, while others are simply waiting to be reviewed due to the high volume of claims. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Beshear moves state's unemployment office: 'These changes better result in better service'," 28 May 2020 But what was intended as a period of refocusing after a stretch of unbridled growth turned into a sharp pivot. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "From menswear to mask-making: Blade + Blue's Covid-19 pivot," 18 May 2020 Supporters suggest the Vermont senator can use the health crisis to his advantage by refocusing the conversation on health care. San Diego Union-Tribune, "6 questions looming over the crowded 2020 Democratic debate," 15 Oct. 2019 The Blazers lost their conference opener on the road but have refocused following the loss at Western Kentucky. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for UAB’s visit to Texas-San Antonio," 11 Oct. 2019 By refocusing his campaign on issues of religion and state, Mr. Lieberman is appealing to Israelis in the political center and left – in addition to the secular right wing. Joshua Mitnick, The Christian Science Monitor, "Who will win in Israel Tuesday? Meet the unlikely kingmaker.," 16 Sep. 2019 Her medical background might have helped her refocus the company when the pandemic struck. oregonlive, "Under siege by coronavirus crisis, Portland clothing stores pivot to help the larger community," 30 Apr. 2020

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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 8 Jul. 2020.

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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
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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