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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Ladylike polish is feeling fresh and relevant now that fashion has returned to the idea of heritage and refocused on value and craftsmanship. Vogue, "Bella Hadid Stars on Vogue’s Exclusive Digital Cover," 25 Mar. 2019 At least not without more revisions, or refocusing, than appears to have taken place before this first-ever Broadway revival. Chris Jones,, "'Children of a Lesser God' on Broadway: This is a powerful play, but the teacher falling for his deaf student has become problematic," 11 Apr. 2018 Researcher Glen Weyl, who works for Microsoft but is visiting Yale, thinks the answer is to refocus antitrust enforcement on competition as opposed to its current scrutiny of consumer wellbeing. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Debating Regulation For Big Tech Companies Like Amazon and Facebook," 23 Apr. 2018 Helping an aspiring football player refocus his dreams is the role a Homestead High School graduate plays in a movie recently released to iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Homestead High School grad stars in independent movie, 'The Rocket'," 12 Feb. 2018 Not to mention, the refocusing technology was first pioneered by the now-defunct light-field camera company Lytro in 2012. Dami Lee, The Verge, "How the iPhone XS and XS Max stack up against the top Android phones," 12 Sep. 2018 But group owners can easily rename and refocus their groups, while keeping their original members – and their ability to push content into their daily feeds. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook polarized us during the Kavanaugh hearings," 6 Oct. 2018 The idea of refocusing medical research on slowing the aging process to delay the onset of multiple diseases hasn’t been widely embraced outside the budding field of geroscience. Robert Weisman,, "Scientists in Mass. and beyond are working to slow the aging process," 19 May 2018 Horrifying images from Syria over the weekend quickly refocused President Trump's foreign policy agenda just as his new national security advisor John Bolton is set to begin work. Christina Bellantoni,, "Aggressive healthcare proposal in California sets stage for brawl," 9 Apr. 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 How to pronounce refocus (audio) \

Medical Definition of refocus

: to focus again

intransitive verb

: to focus something again

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