verb con·cern \kən-ˈsərn\

: to relate to (something or someone) : to be about (something or someone)

: to affect or involve (someone) : to be the business or interest of (someone)

: to make (someone) worried : to cause concern for (someone)

Full Definition of CONCERN

transitive verb
a :  to relate to :  be about <the novel concerns three soldiers>
b :  to bear on
:  to have an influence on :  involve; also :  to be the business or affair of <the problem concerns us all>
:  to be a care, trouble, or distress to <her ill health concerns me>
:  engage, occupy <he concerns himself with trivia>
intransitive verb
obsolete :  to be of importance :  matter

Examples of CONCERN

  1. The novel concerns three soldiers.
  2. This study concerns the noise levels in cities.
  3. This conversation doesn't concern you.
  4. Our mother's illness concerns us.

Origin of CONCERN

Middle English, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French concerner, from Medieval Latin concernere, from Late Latin, to sift together, mingle, from Latin com- + cernere to sift — more at certain
First Known Use: 15th century



: a feeling of worry usually shared by many people

: something that causes people to worry

: a feeling of being interested in and caring about a person or thing

Full Definition of CONCERN

a :  marked interest or regard usually arising through a personal tie or relationship
b :  an uneasy state of blended interest, uncertainty, and apprehension
:  something that relates or belongs to one :  affair <it's no concern of yours>
:  matter for consideration
:  an organization or establishment for business or manufacture <a banking concern>

Examples of CONCERN

  1. They have expressed concern about the cost of the project.
  2. There is some concern that the economy might worsen.
  3. I share your concern about these problems.
  4. Their friend's health is a constant source of concern.
  5. The governor needs to address voters' concerns about the economy.
  6. They have raised concerns about the cost of the project.
  7. Their friend's health is a constant concern.
  8. His concern with the well-being of his family is obvious.
  9. She has always shown genuine concern for the poor.
  10. I appreciate your concern, but there's really nothing you can do to help.

First Known Use of CONCERN



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