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 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 While the swaps markets are pricing in some tightening in 2018, financial market turmoil could force Indian policy makers to refocus on supporting growth and away from rising price pressures. Anirban Nag,, "Market Turmoil Adds to Case for India's Central Bank Caution," 6 Feb. 2018 The company’s investors certainly reacted positively to Bowles’ refocusing news, bumping the share price up as much as 2.6%. David Meyer, Fortune, "Tobacco Industry Choices: CEO Daily," 12 Sep. 2019 Much of the refocusing revolves around reducing redundancies in the nonprofit space. Shirley Leung,, "Six years after bombings, Martin Richard Foundation reaches a turning point," 1 Sep. 2019 The amusing clips help the team refocus the night before each game. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "How Rod Marinelli uses 'madness' to ‘demand greatness’ from Dallas Cowboys D," 8 Aug. 2019 Earlier this year, Cuyahoga County Council approved legislation which would refocus the organization from demolition to renovation, and place an emphasis on creating affordable housing. Emily Bamforth,, "Cuyahoga Land Bank begins to see ‘needle move’ in weakest housing markets: By the numbers," 26 June 2019 Jackson’s estate is especially keen on refocusing the sordid narrative that the pop star couldn’t escape in life by finding new ways to highlight his artistry. Shelby Grad,, "Michael Jackson’s final day: A sleepless night, dangerous drugs and a death that shook the world," 27 Apr. 2019

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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
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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