refocus

verb

re·​fo·​cus (ˌ)rē-ˈfō-kəs How to pronounce refocus (audio)
refocused; refocusing; refocuses

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of refocus was circa 1865

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“Refocus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refocus. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

refocus

transitive verb
re·​fo·​cus (ˈ)rē-ˈfō-kəs How to pronounce refocus (audio)
: to focus again

intransitive verb

: to focus something again

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