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1Make or become blurred or unable to see clearly:[with object] ‘I found it helpful to slightly unfocus my eyes’[no object] ‘my vision unfocused and I held on to the table for fear of falling off my chair’
make indistinct, make vague, unfocus, softenView synonyms
- ‘She shook me hard enough to make my eyes unfocus.’
- ‘I can read the process in his eyes, which focus and unfocus repeatedly.’
- ‘He used hazy gray tones and smudged his images somewhat, as if to unfocus a photograph.’
- ‘Of course they can always deliberately unfocus their eyes, but that's something they have to work at.’
- ‘His eyes unfocus for a moment.’
- ‘You should not focus your eye on the reflection of the light on the cab, let your eye unfocus and wander to see imperfections.’
- ‘Lauren frowns slightly, gaze unfocusing a little, apparently in thought.’
- ‘Her eyes had a tendency to unfocus.’
- ‘His eyes seemed to unfocus for a moment, then he blinked and looked up at them.’
- ‘Evander unfocused his eyes from the street below and after a few blurry seconds, refocused them to catch his own reflection in the window pane.’
- ‘I stared at the album until my eyes unfocused the way Coltrane's saxophone does on the cover.’
- ‘Even now, I need only unfocus slightly to visualize the flowers and makeshift altars on the steps.’
2[with object] Cause to lose concentration or attention:‘it might unfocus the jury and distract it’
- ‘I've focused my will on something, now I'm supposed to unfocus it and forget that I ever wanted it.’
- ‘If he could unfocus, even by a small degree, their assessment of his potential, one day it might serve him.’
- ‘I wondered if the whole tale was a Cambridge lie, designed to unsettle and unfocus us.’
- ‘In order not to unfocus the argument I will bypass many of these and return to those which directly follow my first question.’
- ‘Multiplicity of input can have the effect of unfocusing the project or directing it along an undesirable tangent.’
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