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Focussed vs. Focused: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 5, 2023
"Focussed" is often seen as an incorrect spelling in American English. The preferred spelling is "Focused," meaning to concentrate attention or effort.

Which is correct: Focussed or Focused

How to spell Focused?

Focussed is Incorrect

Focused is Correct

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Key Differences

Recall the American English tendency to use single consonants; e.g., "traveled" vs. "travelled."
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Remember "focus" + "ed" equals "focused."
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Link the word "focus" to a camera lens, which comes into a single, clear "focus."
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Just as a lens has one center point, "focused" has one "s."
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Associate "focused" with "decided" – both have a single repeated consonant.
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Focussed and Focused Definitions

Focussed

Focussed is an incorrect spelling of Focused.
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Focused

Directing attention or effort towards a particular activity or goal.
She remained focused on her studies.
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Focused

Concentrated in one direction or on one task.
The team was focused on the project's success.
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Focused

Intense and particular attention to something.
The spotlight focused on the lead singer.
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Focused

The distinctness or clarity of an image rendered by an optical system.
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Focused

The state of maximum distinctness or clarity of such an image
In focus.
Out of focus.
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Focused

An apparatus used to adjust the focal length of an optical system in order to make an image distinct or clear
A camera with automatic focus.
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Focused

A point at which rays of light or other radiation converge or from which they appear to diverge, as after refraction or reflection in an optical system
The focus of a lens. Also called focal point.
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Focused

See focal length.
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Focused

A center of interest or activity
"Precisely how diet affects E. coli in livestock is the focus of current research" (Cindy Engel).
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Focused

Close or narrow attention; concentration
"He was forever taken aback by [New York's] pervasive atmosphere of purposefulness—the tight focus of its drivers, the brisk intensity of its pedestrians" (Anne Tyler).
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Focused

A condition in which something can be clearly apprehended or perceived
Couldn't get the problem into focus.
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Focused

(Medicine) The region of a localized bodily infection or disease.
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Focused

(Geology) The point of origin of an earthquake.
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Focused

(Mathematics) A fixed point whose relationship with a directrix determines a conic section.
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Focused

To cause (light rays, for example) to converge on or toward a central point; concentrate.
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Focused

To render (an object or image) in clear outline or sharp detail by adjustment of one's vision or an optical device; bring into focus.
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Focused

To adjust (a lens, for example) to produce a clear image.
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Focused

To direct toward a particular point or purpose
Focused all their attention on finding a solution to the problem.
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Focused

To converge on or toward a central point of focus; be focused.
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Focused

To adjust one's vision or an optical device so as to render a clear, distinct image.
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Focused

To concentrate attention or energy
A campaign that focused on economic issues.
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Focused

Directing all one's efforts towards achieving a particular goal.
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Focused

Dealing with some narrowly defined aspects of a broader phenomenon.
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Focused

Simple past tense and past participle of focus
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Focused

Being in focus or brought into focus; clearly delineated; - of an image. Opposite of unfocused.
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Focused

Converging on a point; - of light rays; as, focused light rays can set something afire.
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Focused

Concentrated on or clustered around a central point or purpose.
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Focused

Of an optical system (e.g. eye or opera glasses) adjusted to produce a clear image
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Focused

Being in focus or brought into focus
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Focused

(of light rays) converging on a point;
Focused light rays can set something afire
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Focused

Concentrated on or clustered around a central point or purpose
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Focused

Being clear and sharp; not blurry.
The image is now focused and clear.
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Focused

Having clarity of thought or purpose.
His focused mind led to innovative solutions.
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FAQs

What is the verb form of Focused?

The verb form is "focus."
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Which vowel is used before Focused?

Typically, the vowel "a" as in "a focused effort."
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Why is it called Focused?

It's derived from the verb "focus," meaning to direct one's attention or concentrate on something.
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What is the singular form of Focused?

Focused (it can be both an adjective and a past tense verb).
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What is the root word of Focused?

The root word is "focus."
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Which article is used with Focused?

Both "a" and "the" can be used depending on context.
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What is the pronunciation of Focused?

Focused is pronounced as /ˈfoʊ.kəst/.
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Which conjunction is used with Focused?

Any conjunction can be used, depending on the sentence.
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Is Focused a noun or adjective?

Focused can be both a verb (past tense) and an adjective.
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Is the word Focused imperative?

No, it's not an imperative verb.
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What is the plural form of Focused?

Focused doesn't have a plural form as an adjective or verb.
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Is Focused a vowel or consonant?

"Focused" is a word containing both vowels and consonants.
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Is Focused a countable noun?

No, it's primarily an adjective or verb.
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What is the third form of Focused?

Focused.
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Which preposition is used with Focused?

"On" as in "focused on a task."
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Is Focused a collective noun?

No.
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How do we divide Focused into syllables?

Fo-cused.
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What is the opposite of Focused?

Distracted or scattered.
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What is the first form of Focused?

Focus.
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What is the second form of Focused?

Focused.
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What is a stressed syllable in Focused?

The first syllable, "Fo."
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Is Focused an abstract noun?

No, focused is not a noun.
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Is Focused a negative or positive word?

Neutral, but often perceived as positive because of its association with determination and attention.
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What part of speech is Focused?

Adjective and past tense verb.
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What is another term for Focused?

Concentrated.
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Is Focused an adverb?

No, there's "focally" as the adverb form.
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Is the Focused term a metaphor?

No, but it can be used metaphorically, e.g., "focused energy."
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How many syllables are in Focused?

Two syllables.
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Which determiner is used with Focused?

Depends on context, e.g., "such focused determination."
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How is Focused used in a sentence?

"He stayed focused on his goals, despite numerous challenges."
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