Quick answer
"Focusing" is a form of "focus", a noun which is often translated as "el enfoque". "Zooming" is a form of "zoom", a noun which is often translated as "el zumbido". Learn more about the difference between "focusing" and "zooming" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (clear visual definition)
a. el enfoque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Most new cameras have automatic focus.La mayoría de las cámaras nuevas tienen enfoque automático.
b. el foco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In many of his pictures, the faces were out of focus.En muchas de sus fotos, las caras estaban fuera de foco.
2. (concentration)
a. la concentración
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A good elite athlete never loses focus while in competition.Un buen deportista de élite no pierde nunca la concentración cuando compite.
3. (subject being discussed)
a. la atención
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Protesters seek to maintain the focus on the missing students.El objetivo de los manifestantes es que no se desvíe la atención de los estudiantes desaparecidos.
b. el centro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Children are delighted to be the focus of attention.A los niños les encanta ser el centro de atención.
c. el foco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Wherever she goes she is the focus of attention.Allá donde va, es el foco de todas las miradas.
4. (perspective)
a. el enfoque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A new leader will bring a change in focus.Un nuevo líder aportará un nuevo enfoque.
5. (direction)
a. el norte
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He could achieve great things, but he needs focus.Podría lograr grandes cosas, pero le falta tener un norte.
6. (medicine)
a. el foco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The focus of the infection has been detected.Se ha detectado el foco de la infección.
7. (seismography)
a. el hipocentro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The focus of the last tremor was right under this small town.El hipocentro del último temblor estaba justo debajo de esta pequeña ciudad.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to adjust the focus of)
a. enfocar
You need to focus the camera before taking the picture.Tienes que enfocar la cámara antes de tomar la foto.
9. (to concentrate on)
a. centrar
I would like to focus my statement on a few key points.Quisiera centrar mi declaración en una serie de puntos clave.
b. concentrar
Authorities are focusing their efforts on trying to find the missing people.Las autoridades están concentrando sus esfuerzos en encontrar a los 20 desaparecidos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to concentrate)
a. centrarse
The mantra helps you to focus.El mantra te ayuda a centrarte.
b. enfocarse
I had such a bad night I can't focus on my work this morning.Tuve una noche tan mala que esta mañana no me puedo enfocar en el trabajo.
c. focalizarse
The debate on immigration should focus on people's needs.El debate sobre la inmigración debe focalizarse en las necesidades de la gente.
11. (to adjust the focus; often used with "on")
a. enfocar la vista en
He cannot focus on objects which are at a distance.No puede enfocar la vista en objetos que están a cierta distancia.
b. enfocar la cámara a
You have to focus on the flowers.Tienes que enfocar la cámara a las flores.
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zoom(
zum
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sound)
a. el zumbido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
From my window I could hear the zoom of the cars as they passed.Desde mi ventana podía oír el zumbido de los carros al pasar.
2. (photography)
a. el zoom
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm going to need a bigger zoom on the camera to capture the eagle from this distance.Voy a necesitar un zoom más grande en la cámara para captar al águila desde esta distancia.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to move quickly)
a. ir zumbando
She ran out the door and zoomed to work on her motorcycle.Salió corriendo por la puerta y fue zumbando al trabajo en la moto.
b. pasar zumbando
The taxi zoomed by us without even slowing down.El taxi nos pasó zumbando sin siquiera reducir la velocidad.
c. elevarse (airplane)
The plane zoomed over the mountain at 100 mph.El avión se elevó por encima de la montaña a 100 millas por hora.
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