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focus
used in The Grapes of Wrath

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
Definition
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
  • His eyes focused down on Tom.
    Chapter 13 (44% in)
focused = looked
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2  —2 uses as in:
The camera focuses automatically
Definition
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
  • Grampa focused his eyes fiercely until he recognized Casy.
    Chapter 8 (74% in)
focused = adjusted (to see clearly)
  • And still the family stood about like dream walkers, their eyes focused panoramically, seeing no detail, but the whole dawn, the whole land, the whole texture of the country at once.
    Chapter 10 (94% in)
focused = adjusted (to see clearly)
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