• To concentrate during a task.
  • To direct attention, effort, or energy to a particular audience or task.
  • To cause (rays of light, etc) to converge at a single point.
  • To adjust (a lens, an optical instrument) in order to position an image with respect to the focal plane.
  • To concentrate one’s attention.
  • To transfer the input focus to (a visual element), so that it receives subsequent input.


  • Borrowed from Latin focus ("hearth, fireplace"); see there for more.

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