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overfocus

verb over·fo·cus \ ˌō-vər-ˈfō-kəs \

Definition of overfocus

overfocused; overfocusing
transitive + intransitive
: to focus (something) or to become focused to an excessive degree: such as
a I : to concentrate too much attention or effort
  • So, as the worrier overfocuses on all the ways that something could go wrong, worry ultimately heightens a sense of danger.
  • —Sheila Achar Josephs
b T : to adjust (a lens) past the point at which an image is perfectly focused
  • overfocused the camera lens
  • But the chameleon's cornea, Schaeffel discovered, overfocuses the image.
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First Known Use of overfocus

1881

in the meaning defined above

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overfocus

noun

Definition of overfocus

: an excessive or unnecessary degree of focus
  • Behavioral therapy can be very helpful … to control overfocus on work or social issues.
  • —Wes Burgess
  • Our overfocus on relationships leads us to demand too much of intimacy.
  • —Geraldine K. Piorkowski

First Known Use of overfocus

1906

in the meaning defined above

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