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focus group

  
     ( focus groups    plural  ) A focus group is a specially selected group of people who are intended to represent the general public. Focus groups have discussions in which their opinions are recorded as a form of market research.      n-count  
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focus     ( foci    plural  )   ( focuses    plural & 3rd person present)   ( focusing    present participle)   ( focused    past tense & past participle  )
The spellings focusses, focussing, focussed are also used. The plural of the noun can be either foci or focuses.     
1       verb   If you focuson a particular topic or if your attention is focusedon it, you concentrate on it and think about it, discuss it, or deal with it, rather than dealing with other topics.   (=concentrate)  
He is currently focusing on assessment and development...      V on n  
Many of the papers focus their attention on the controversy surrounding the Foreign Secretary.      V n on n  
2       n-count   Thefocus of something is the main topic or main thing that it is concerned with.  
usu sing, usu with supp  
The new system is the focus of controversy..., Her children are the main focus of her life.     
3       n-count   Your focus on something is the special attention that you pay it.  
usu sing, usu with supp, oft N on n  
IBM has also shifted its focus from mainframes to personal computers.     
4       n-uncount   If you say that something has a focus, you mean that you can see a purpose in it.  
Somehow, though, their latest album has a focus that the others have lacked...     
5       verb   If you focus your eyes or if your eyes focus, your eyes adjust so that you can clearly see the thing that you want to look at. If you focus a camera, telescope, or other instrument, you adjust it so that you can see clearly through it.  
Kelly couldn't focus his eyes well enough to tell if the figure was male or female...      V n  
His eyes slowly began to focus on what looked like a small dark ball...      V on n  
He found the binoculars and focused them on the boat...      V n on n  
Had she kept the camera focused on the river bank she might have captured a vital scene.      V-ed, Also V  
6       n-uncount   You use focus to refer to the fact of adjusting your eyes or a camera, telescope, or other instrument, and to the degree to which you can see clearly.  
His focus switched to the little white ball...     
7       verb   If you focus rays of light on a particular point, you pass them through a lens or reflect them from a mirror so that they meet at that point.  
Magnetic coils focus the electron beams into fine spots.      V n prep  
8       n-count   The focus of a number of rays or lines is the point at which they meet.     (TECHNICAL)  
9    If an image or a camera, telescope, or other instrument is in focus, the edges of what you see are clear and sharp.  
in focus      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
Pictures should be in focus, with realistic colours and well composed groups.     
10    If something is in focus, it is being discussed or its purpose and nature are clear.  
in focus      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
This aggression is the real issue the world should be concerned about. We want to keep that in focus...     
11    If an image or a camera, telescope, or other instrument is out of focus, the edges of what you see are unclear.  
out of focus      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
In some of the pictures the subjects are out of focus while the background is sharp.     


focus group        ( focus groups    plural  ) A focus group is a specially selected group of people who are intended to represent the general public. Focus groups have discussions in which their opinions are recorded as a form of market research.      n-count  
soft focus     
If something in a photograph or film is insoft focus, it has been made slightly unclear to give it a more romantic effect.      n-uncount  
In the background, in soft focus, we see his smiling wife.     

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focus

  

      n  
1    bull's eye, centre, centre of activity, centre of attraction, core, cynosure, focal point, headquarters, heart, hub, meeting place, target  
2    in focus      clear, distinct, sharp-edged, sharply defined  
3    out of focus      blurred, fuzzy, ill-defined, indistinct, muzzy, unclear  
      vb  
4    aim, bring to bear, centre, concentrate, converge, direct, fix, join, meet, pinpoint, rivet, spotlight, zero in     (informal)   zoom in  

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n.
Something or someone that becomes the focus of others' criticism or blame
[US];[Fig.]
n.
Refers to a teen’s group of friends.
Usually employed as "squad goals": term used to describe who you want your group to be or what you want your group to accomplish.
n.
a small group of people or things within a much larger group
There are a lot of national minorities in my home country (Denmark). We have a lot of people from Poland, Somalia etc.
n.
Term used to describe who one wants their group to be or what they want their group to accomplish.
[Slang] This has been made popular by Taylor Swift and her fleet of Twitter followers. "Oh my gosh, they are seriously squad goals!"
n.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
n.
1:to utter taunting words 2:to deride or tease with taunting words 'The Gridiron Show group joked with and gibed at those in the Memphis power structure, politicians mostly. Rarely did anyone get their feelings hurt by the skits in the shows…." — Toby Sells, Memphis Magazine, December 2014
n.
the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
n.
a group selfie ; a picture taken by one person next to other people, usually to share it through social media
[Slang] comes from the combination of "selfie" and "us"
n.
a group to vote for as a whole, not by individuals.
a term used on voting ballots
v.
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
n.
police crowd management technique that consists of herding people into a compact group. AKA corralling
n.
a group of people who decide to meet and make purchases at a local business. The aim is both to support it and to meet up with the community.
Inspired by the phenomenon of flash mobs, which refers to groups of people mobilized by social media to perform entertaining or unusual acts in public, such as choreographies
n.
competitive set: a group of other brands offering a similar product or service, to the same consumers
exp.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
vi.
When a large group of competing corporations hope to use the government to protect or enhance their interests.
Economic Term.
n.
(#BD) In humanocracy, a revocable delegate member of a group of 25 delegators, chosen and controlled by them. 25 basis delegates can choose a council delegate.
Anarchists in Spain have chosen basis delegates in 1936. Similar delegates have been chosen during many struggles of the people : shop stewards in UK, revocable delegates in Italy during the 70th.
n.
(#CD) In humanocracy, a revocable delegate member of a group of 25 basis delegates, chosen and controlled by them. 25 council delegates can choose a deputy-delegate.
n.
An avant-garde, experimental and encyclopaedism-focused poetry group founded by Chinese epic poet Yin Xiaoyuan
[Slang]
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