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"focus" in British English

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focusnoun [C]

uk   /ˈfəʊ.kəs/  us   /ˈfoʊ.kəs/ (plural focuses or formal foci )

focusverb

uk   /ˈfəʊ.kəs/  us   /ˈfoʊ.kəs/ (-s-)
[T] If you focus a device such as a camera or microscope, you move a device on the lens so that you can see a clear picture.
[I or T] If you focus your eyes, or if your eyes focus, you try to look directly at an object so that you can see it more clearly: When they first took the bandages off, she/her eyes couldn't focus properly (= she couldn't see clearly).
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of focus from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"focus" in American English

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focusnoun

 us   /ˈfoʊ·kəs/ (plural focuses or foci  /ˈfoʊ·sɑɪ, -kɑɪ/ )
  • focus noun (MAIN OBJECT)

[C] (also focal point) the main object or interest, or the attention given something: The focus of attention has shifted from the economy to improving the public schools. State officials urge continued focus on mosquito control.
  • focus noun (POSITION)

physics [C/U] the exact place or position where beams of light, heat, or sound meet after moving toward each other; focal point
earth science [C/U] A focus is also the exact position inside the earth where an earthquake begins.
in focus (also out of focus)
A photograph or an image seen through a device with a lens, such as a microscope, telescope, or camera, that is in focus is clear and one that is out of focus is not clear.

focusverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈfoʊ·kəs/
  • focus verb [I/T] (DIRECT ATTENTION)

to direct attention toward something or someone: [I] Tonight’s program focuses on homelessness.
  • focus verb [I/T] (ADJUST)

to adjust something in order to see more clearly: [T] I focused the binoculars on the bird on a branch of the tree.
(Definition of focus from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"focus" in Business English

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focusnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈfəʊkəs/ (plural focuses, formal foci)
[C] the central or most important thing for a company or organization: the main/primary/principal focus of sb/sth The primary focus of a manager is on efficiency.turn/switch/shift the focus from sth to sth A bonus-based incentive system shifts the focus from the behavior of sales people to the results they deliver.focus on sth The company's Five-Year Plan continues the dual focus on use and production.
[U] the act of giving attention to a particular group of customers or a particular activity: The restructuring was aimed at establishing real customer focus throughout the organization.
[U] the ability to give all your attention, time, and energy to a particular activity: The enquiry concluded that the failure to address the issue beforehand was the result of a lack of focus and drive by the board.

focusverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈfəʊkəs/ (-s- or -ss-)
to give a lot of attention, time, energy, etc. to one particular group of customers or a particular activity: focus on sth The company's chief executive is moving to a new corporate headquarters in Dubai to focus on business in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia.focus attention/efforts/resources on sth We shall continue to focus our efforts on cutting costs.focus entirely/exclusively/mainly on sth By the age of 30, he had decided to focus almost exclusively on corporate work.
(Definition of focus from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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