Definition of focalize in English:


(British focalise)


[with object]technical
  • 1Focus (something).

    • ‘But now we are trying to focalise on our true identity.’
    • ‘Its effects are importantly focalized through Breeze.’
    • ‘One of the biggest issues in bringing down the price has been working to focalize the laser using power efficiently.’
    • ‘Counting the more weakly focalizing zoom ins would have made the margin even greater.’
    1. 1.1 (in literary theory) provide an internal focus for (a text)
      ‘the narrative discourse is focalized around the consciousness of the central protagonist’
      • ‘As in ‘Pat and Pan,’ the story is also focalized through the child, and the child once again has the last word: ‘I never be good girl, but perhaps I be good boy’.’
      • ‘The story is, to use a term developed by the theorists of narrative Mieke Bal and Gérard Genette, focalized through her.’
      • ‘By focalising a narrative entirely through a character's perspective, there is no apparent mediating presence between story and narration.’
      • ‘Narration may focalize events from the time at which they occurred, from shortly afterwards, or from long afterwards.’
      • ‘Crucially, Crane chooses to focalize the departing train through hoboes: ‘three men, still hungry on the tracks.’’
    2. 1.2Medicine Confine (a disease or infection) to a particular site in the body.