Alternative formsEdit


focussed (comparative more focussed, superlative most focussed)

  1. (Britain) Alternative spelling of focused
    • 1961 February, “Talking of Trains: Collision at Newcastle”, in Trains Illustrated, page 76:
      When first sighted on the curve, outside the focussed beam, the signal aspects were faint and difficult to identify in a confused background.




  1. (Britain) simple past tense and past participle of focus
    • 1964 November, “LMR under fire in the NW”, in Modern Railways, page 355:
      Criticism focussed particularly on the services to and from Blackpool.

Usage notesEdit

  • The spelling focused is much more common in the US but also more common in the UK and Australia.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary describes the spelling focussed as irregular.
  • The spelling focussed is a widely seen UK spelling but focused, (focuses, focusing) is more common in prestige publications.
  • The spelling focussed is nowadays more common in Canada and New Zealand than in the UK.