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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But after a series of missteps, his hopes and fundraising plummeted when Donald Trump got in the race. Walker came home and refocused on winning a third term as governor. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "Walker leaves a fundamentally changed Wisconsin," 7 Jan. 2019 Iger then explained that its new president, Jimmy Pitaro, who replaced longtime executive John Skipper in March, is working towards refocusing the network. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Disney CEO Bob Iger says ESPN has become too political: 'The pendulum may have swung a little bit too far'," 21 Sep. 2018 Sign-up Early this year, Facebook aired a television ad committing to addressing fake news and data-privacy issues and acknowledging the need to refocus on connecting people. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Five New CMOs Charged With Boosting Battered Brands in 2019," 24 Dec. 2018 Relax and refocus your creativity with some yoga and the Kachemak Bay boat cruise ($60). Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s your Alaska summer 2018 festival guide," 17 May 2018 But The Shape of Water’s recognition is actually a sign of how much former Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’s efforts to reshape and refocus the voting membership to deal with changing times in the industry has worked. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What Makes for an 'Oscar Movie' Is Changing Fast," 6 Mar. 2018 So over the past several years, MakerBot has refocused on professional designers and schools, shrinking significantly in the process. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years," 11 Dec. 2018 As far as her own story, Adrienne has refocused her energies into fitness. Mariano Vivanco; Styled By Simon Robins, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New American Dynasty," 3 Dec. 2018 Then address the error, quickly refocus and move on. Tori Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "9 Attitude Adjustments for a Happier Life," 18 Jan. 2011

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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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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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to gather or build up little by little

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