bring into focus

bring (something) into focus

1. To make an adjustment so that a viewed object can be seen clearly, as with instruments that use lenses, or by digital or other means on a screen. You need to bring the vase of flowers into focus so that it doesn't come out blurry in the pictures. The eye doctor adjusted his machine and brought the eye chart into focus for me. Can you bring the footage into focus so we can see the perpetrator's face?
2. To cause something to be better or more clearly understood or seen in a new perspective. Her passionate speech about the environment really brought the importance of conservation efforts into focus.
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bring something into focus

1. Lit. to make something seen through lenses sharply visible. I adjusted the binoculars until I brought the bird sharply into focus. The flowers were brought into focus by adjusting the controls.
2. Fig. to make something clear and understandable. I think we will have a better discussion of the problem if you will say a few words to bring it more sharply into focus. Please try to bring your major point into focus earlier in the essay.
See also: bring, focus
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The clay faces of Sol'Sax's figures take his representations into the realm of the grotesque; they also bring into focus his art's mystic and diasporic yearnings.
Personal and corporate missions bring into focus our purpose and assist in the effective use of human and capital resources.
Indeed, the future they pretend to be trying to bring into focus is, in reality, but a fuzzy projection of their self-image.
This scenario, derived from new calculations by scientists at New York University, is helping to bring into focus the series of climatic plagues that were dramatically changing the living conditions on earth at that time.
Moreover, specific accounts--of both resistance and cooperation--would bring into focus the current debate about who benefits and who learns from such interventions, and who, finally, is exploited by them.