Meaning of “zero in (on something/someone)” in the English Dictionary


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zero in (on something/someone)

/ˈzɪr·oʊ, ˈzi·roʊ/ present tense zeroes, present participle zeroing, past tense and past participle zeroed
phrasal verb with zero verb

to direct all your attention to one thing:

We’ve zeroed in on the real problem – we don’t save enough money.

If you zero in a weapon, you aim it directly at something you want to hit:

Computers help the pilots to zero in on their targets.

(Definition of “zero in (on something/someone)” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)