focus

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfəʊkəs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈfoʊkəs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(fōkəs)


Inflections of 'focus' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
focuses
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
foci
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
Inflections of 'focus' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
Spellings with a double "s" are mainly used in UK English. They are correct in US English, but rare.
focuses
v 3rd person singular (US & UK)
focusses
v 3rd person singular (Mainly UK)
focusing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (US & UK)
focussing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (Mainly UK)
focused
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (US & UK)
focussed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Mainly UK)
focused
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (US & UK)
focussed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Mainly UK)
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

focus

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. the [regional, national, domestic] focus
  2. our [primary, main] focus is to
  3. is a major focus of the [company, country, government]
  4. the focus of the [class, presentation] is to
  5. what is your focus (in life)?
  6. has no focus (or motivation)
  7. has poor focus in class
  8. her focus was on [learning, studying, working]
  9. [a career, an academic] focus
  10. a [strong, special, particular] focus on
  11. a focus on [math, history, art]
  12. [divert, change] your focus (from)
  13. need to redirect your focus (to)
  14. please direct your focus to
  15. a camera's focus
  16. set the camera to [manual, auto, automatic] focus
  17. with the camera set to [manual] focus
  18. the [image, figure, screen, picture] came into focus
  19. the [image] was out of focus
  20. the focus of the [earthquake, tsunami, eruption]
n as adj
  1. a focus group
  2. the focus distance
v
  1. focus the [camera, lens]
  2. the [cameras] were focused on [him, the singer, the president]
  3. focus on your [goals, dreams, grades, career]
  4. focus on what's important
  5. [trying, unable] to focus
  6. focus on a [project, article, topic]
  7. focus on [getting, finishing, writing, providing]
  8. focus [especially, in particular] on
  9. [difficulty, trouble, problems] focusing
  10. focus at [work, school, home]
  11. focus his [attention, gaze] on
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