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 Despite faults, the depiction of a relatively unknown event refocused the nation’s historic lens, giving African Americans a sense of pride in the agency of slaves to rise up against their enslavers. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: Re-enactments for the 21st century? San Antonio can lead the way," 12 Nov. 2019 Still smarting from a narrow loss at rival Notre Dame, USC (3-3, 2-1 Pac-12) spent this week resetting and refocusing on the six conference games ahead, starting with a visit from Khalil Tate and Arizona (4-2, 2-1) on Saturday night. San Diego Union-Tribune, "USC, Arizona eye Pac-12 South title runs ahead of showdown," 18 Oct. 2019 Kik's closure will allow the company to refocus on Kin, launched in 2017, Livingston said in a post on Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Kik chat app, alleged to harbor child predators, is shutting down," 24 Sep. 2019 In the past few years, though, PIE has refocused on the more varied aspirations of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds who are focused on a wider range of markets. Mike Rogoway,, "Portland Incubator Experiment teams with Puppet for latest startups class," 15 Aug. 2019 An Aussie own goal off a Paul Pogba redirected shot saved the French side from an embarrassing start to the World Cup, but the team will need to refocus against Peru. Julia Poe,, "How to Watch France vs. Peru: World Cup Live Stream, TV Channel, Time," 21 June 2018 Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland, says his party needs to refocus on what the Democratic party has always stood for: the chance for everybody to have a good job and decent future., "We’ll See a Split in Market Research, Ailman Says," 26 Sep. 2017 Executives say the changes are necessary to refocus the company on growth areas, such as electric and self-driving vehicles, and away from money-losing or slow growth sectors of the company, mostly overseas. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Ford debt has been downgraded to junk," 10 Sep. 2019 But my wife has refocused her efforts on her career. Scott Pelley, CBS News, "Andrew McCabe: The full 60 Minutes interview," 17 Feb. 2019

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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
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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