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1‘schools are a focus of community life’
centre, focal point, central point, centre of attention, hub, pivot, nucleus, heart, cornerstone, linchpin, kingpin, bedrock, basis, anchor, backbone, cynosure
2‘the focus of this criticism is on helping people find solutions’
emphasis, accent, priority, attention, concentration
3‘the main focus of this chapter is elected local government’
subject, theme, concern, subject matter, topic, issue, question, text, thesis, content, point, motif, thread
substance, essence, gist, matter
4‘the resulting light beams are brought to a focus at the eyepiece’
focal point, point of convergence
1‘he focused his binoculars on the distant tower’
bring into focus, bring to a focus
aim, point, turn
2‘the investigation will focus on areas of social need’
concentrate, fix, centre, pivot, zero in, zoom in
address itself to, pay attention to, pinpoint, spotlight, revolve around, have as its starting point
‘colour snaps will do as long as they are in focus’
sharp, crisp, distinct, clear-cut, clear, well defined, well focused
out of focus
‘why are some of the shots out of focus?’
blurred, unfocused, indistinct, blurry, fuzzy, hazy, misty, cloudy, foggy, fogged, shadowy, smoky, faint
unclear, vague, indefinite, obscure, lacking definition, ill-defined, nebulous
woolly, muzzy, bleary
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