zero in on

phrasal verb

zeroed in on; zeroing in on; zeroes in on
1
: to direct all of one's attention to (someone or something)
Scientists are hoping to zero in on a cure.
2
: to aim something (such as a gun or camera) directly at (someone or something)
The gunner zeroed in on the target.

Examples of zero in on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Oskar Schindler, numerous A-listers were put forward, but Spielberg zeroed in on Liam Neeson, an Irishman who’d read for the part of Dr. Rawlins in Empire of the Sun and then offered to read opposite young actors being considering for the part that Christian Bale eventually played. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 The Deborah Project and other pro-Israel organizations have also zeroed in on several consulting groups whose founders helped produce the state’s 2019 draft curriculum, which was rejected after antisemitism accusations. Dana Goldstein, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Now, the team is using the James Webb Space Telescope to zero in on different asteroids and search for water signatures. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 Progressives, who a generation earlier would have questioned any development, today zero in on the dwindling supply of housing. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 But rather than zero in on the seizure of Carollo’s home on Morris Lane, his lawyers argue that the writ should be put on hold until there is a thorough inventory of the commissioner’s personal property in the residence that could be seized by the U.S. Marshals. Rebecca San Juan, Miami Herald, 3 Feb. 2024 That’s why his team zeroed in on Xist, an RNA molecule coded for by the X chromosome. Jonathan Wosen Reprints, STAT, 1 Feb. 2024 After a six-week hunt, police zeroed in on Kohberger as the suspect, arresting him in December 2022 at his family's home in Pennsylvania. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 31 Jan. 2024 The penguins’ guano–aka bird poop–showed up on satellite imagery as a series of dark smudges and allowed researchers to zero in on these new breeding sites. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Zero in on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zero%20in%20on. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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