Synonyms of focus
1 centreDictionary • The children are the focus of her life.
centre • A large wooden table dominates the centre of the room.
core • Lava is molten rock from the earth's core
centre of attraction
centre of activity
2 focal pointDictionary • the focus of the campaign for Black rights
heart • The heart of the problem is supply and demand.
hub • The island's social hub is the Café Sport.
3 attentionDictionary • IBM has shifted its focus to personal computers.
attention • He turned his attention to the desperate state of housing in the province.
concentration • His talking kept breaking my concentration.
4 subjectDictionary • Food is the main focus of the book.
subject • It was I who first raised the subject of plastic surgery.
point • You have missed the main point of my argument.
question • The whole question of aid is a tricky political one.
issue • Is it right for the Church to express a view on political issues?
matter • It was a private matter.
object • She was an object of pity among her friends.
theme • The novel's central theme is the conflict between men and women.
substance • The substance of his discussions doesn't really matter.
topic • They offer tips on topics such as home safety.
field of inquiry or reference
1 concentrateDictionary • The summit is expected to focus on arms control. often with on
concentrate • We should concentrate our efforts on tackling crime in the inner cities.
zero in on (informal)
meet • a crossing where four paths meet
converge • As they flow south, the five rivers converge.
bring to bear
PHRASES:▷ in focus
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aimIf you aim a weapon or object at something or someone, you point it towards them before firing or throwing it.
• He was aiming the rifle at me.
attentionIf you give someone or something your attention, you look at it, listen to it, or think about it carefully.
• He turned his attention to the desperate state of housing in the province.
centreThe centre of something is the middle of it.
• A large wooden table dominates the centre of the room.
Thesaurus for focus from the Collins English Thesaurus
a point of convergence of light or other electromagnetic radiation, particles, sound waves, etc, or a point from which they appear to diverge