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focus -- as in: The camera focuses automatically
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as in: The camera focuses automatically Define
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
  • I have to give the camera a little while to focus before I shoot the picture.
  • Focus [the camera] on the trees behind the lake.
  • To rest your eyes while reading, look up and focus on something in the distance.
  • The telescope is focused on the moon. Would you like to look?

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  • Ender had trouble focusing on Colonel Graff. The man looked far away and very small, as if Ender could pick him up with tweezers and drop him in a pocket.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Harry’s eyes narrowed as he focused on the spiders.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • It took a second for his eyes to focus on the moving object on the other side, to look past the grime and dust and see what Newt wanted him to see.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • His eyes finally focused through the initial blindness of fear, and he realized it was Minho, with one of Alby’s arms draped across his shoulders, practically dragging the boy along behind him.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • He focused on the Snitch clutched in his good hand.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • The red light of its eye was like a little sun, too bright to look at directly. Thomas squinted and tried to focus on the beetle’s body.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner

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  • His eyes slid back into normal position, focused on Thomas, clinging to life.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
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as in: Turn your focus to question #2. Define
concentrate or look at
as in: The focus of our study is... Define
where attention is concentrated
as in: bring into focus; or out of focus Define
a state where something has come into view or can be seen clearly (Typically this is said of the appearance of an image or picture, but it can also be said of an issue or something else that get's attention; or of an understanding that become clear.)
as in: The camera focuses automatically Define
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
technical usage Define
Technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:
  • physics — a point of convergence such as the point where light rays meet
  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)
  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake
See a comprehensive dictionary for other less common meanings.

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