bring (something) into focus

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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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Kurson brings into focus the lure and dangers of deep sea and especially wreck diving.
It paints hope for the future and brings into focus the significance of arts and design education in schools worldwide.
It also brings into focus the troubled concept of "traditions" that, while enabling reading and interpretation itself, also impair the spectrum of signifying possibilities.
This issue also brings into focus Mainframe Entertainment, the Vancouver--based company that produces the popular ReBoot series; Cinar from Montreal which, despite its recent financial and management scandals, still produces some of the best children's programming in the world; the artist--run, Calgary--based Quickdraw Animation Society; and Xcalibur, a Canada/France co--production from TVA International, which uses the very latest in motion--capture technology, due for broadcast on YTV in the fall.
ECM West Conference & Expo brings into focus the underlying challenges of ECM -- getting accurate information to the right people in a timely manner, and preserving that information in such a way that it is both accessible and secure.
Maldonado, in brief essays, brings into focus the personalities of his parents, siblings, and the senior members of his family.
ILM brings into focus the importance of cost-effective removable media and the critical role tape technologies play in an enterprise storage hierarchy," said Steven Pofcher, Senior Marketing Manager at Maxell.
After reviewing the CD, Professor Otis Kitchen of Elizabethtown, PA, said, "It brings into focus the memory of that experience as if it happened yesterday.
Community Catalyst brings into focus the lessons I've learned in nearly 20 years of participating in and leading online communities," said Dan Shafer, chairman, CEO and founder of WeTalk Network.