Definition of focalize in English:


Syllabification: fo·cal·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈfōkəˌlīz


[with object] technical
  • 1Focus (something), in particular.
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    • Its effects are importantly focalized through Breeze.
    • One of the biggest issues in bringing down the price has been working to focalize the laser using power efficiently.
    • But now we are trying to focalise on our true identity.
  • 1.1(In literary theory) provide an internal focus for (a text): the narrative discourse is focalized around the consciousness of the central protagonist
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    • The story is, to use a term developed by the theorists of narrative Mieke Bal and Gérard Genette, focalized through her.
    • Crucially, Crane chooses to focalize the departing train through hoboes: ‘three men, still hungry on the tracks.’
    • By focalising a narrative entirely through a character's perspective, there is no apparent mediating presence between story and narration.
  • 1.2 Medicine Confine (a disease or infection) to a particular site in the body.



Pronunciation: /ˌfōkəliˈzāSHən/
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  • But what she can do is force a shift in focalization - an even rarer feat in the context of this particular narrative.
  • In Scarlet Sister Mary, shifts in focalization between omniscient and limited perspectives delve frequently into Mary's consciousness.
  • The novel hides its subversive ideology behind Oshinica's focalization, masterfully using it to challenge the establishment.

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