Definition of unfocus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfəʊkəs/

verb (unfocuses, unfocusing, unfocused or unfocusses, unfocussing, unfocussed)

1Make or become blurred or unable to see clearly: [with object]: I found it helpful to slightly unfocus my eyes [no object]: my vision unfocused and I held on to the table for fear of falling off my chair
More example sentences
  • She shook me hard enough to make my eyes unfocus.
  • He used hazy gray tones and smudged his images somewhat, as if to unfocus a photograph.
  • Her eyes had a tendency to unfocus.
2 [with object] Cause to lose concentration or attention: it might unfocus the jury and distract it
More example sentences
  • I wondered if the whole tale was a Cambridge lie, designed to unsettle and unfocus us.
  • In order not to unfocus the argument I will bypass many of these and return to those which directly follow my first question.
  • I've focused my will on something, now I'm supposed to unfocus it and forget that I ever wanted it.

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