[+interest] centre m
→ The new system is the focus of controversy.
→ Her children are the main focus of her life.
to be the focus of attention être le centre d'attention
→ The UN's role in promoting peace is increasingly the focus of international attention
(=attention) attention f
→ IBM has shifted its focus from mainframes to personal computers
focus on sth intérêt pour qch
→ The focus on money and status tends to create rivalry.
→ He said his sudden focus on foreign policy was not motivated by presidential politics ...
[+camera] foyer m
→ Together these factors determine the depth of focus
[camera, telescope] au point
out of focus
[camera, telescope] pas au point
to be out of focus
[image] être flou
The house is out of focus in this photo. La maison est floue sur cette photo.
to be in focus
[image] être net (te)
→ Pictures should be in focus, with realistic colours and well composed groups.
[+binoculars, telescope] mettre au point
→ Each man was focusing a large telescope.
Try to focus the binoculars. Essaye de mettre les jumelles au point.
to focus binoculars on sth braquer des jumelles sur qch
→ He found the binoculars and focused them on the boat
to focus a camera on sth braquer un appareil photo sur qch
→ Had she kept the camera focused on the river bank she might have captured a vital scene
I can't focus my eyes. Je vois trouble., fixer son regard sur qch
→ He tried to focus his eyes on the painting.
[+light rays] faire converger
→ Magnetic coils focus the electron beams into fine spots.
to focus light on sth diriger la lumière sur qch
→ He took the glass and focused the sun on some dried wood.
(=concentrate) to focus attention on sb/sth focaliser l'attention sur qn/qch → The hunger strike will focus attention on the conditions at the camp. → The teacher's role is to focus attention on important points → As we cannot study all resources, I propose to focus attention on one to focus one's attention on sb/sth se focaliser sur qn/qch → Many of the papers focus their attention on the controversy surrounding statements made by the Foreign Secretary.
régler la mise au point sur
→ Dad pulled out his camera and focused on the bull
The cameraman focused on the bird. Le caméraman a réglé la mise au point sur l'oiseau.
(=look at) fixer son regard sur
[eyes] accommoder sur
→ His eyes slowly began to focus on the image.
(=concentrate on) se concentrer sur
→ He is currently focusing on assessment and development.
→ The research effort has focused on tracing the effects of increased levels of pollution
Let's focus on the plot of the play. Concentrons-nous sur l'intrigue de la pièce.
n groupe m de discussion
[photograph] flou (e)
n flou m artistique, flou m
in soft focus un peu flouté (e) , légèrement flou (e)
→ In the background, in soft focus, we see his smiling wife.