con·​cern | \ kən-ˈsərn How to pronounce concern (audio) \
concerned; concerning; concerns

Definition of concern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to relate to : be about The novel concerns three soldiers. The report concerns global warming.
b : to bear on
2 : to have an influence on : involve also : to be the business or affair of The problem concerns us all. This conversation does not concern you.
3 : to be a care, trouble, or distress to Her ill health concerns me. Her son's frequent tantrums concerned her.
4 : engage entry 1, occupy He concerns himself with trivia. She refused to concern herself with such gossip.

intransitive verb

obsolete : to be of importance : matter



Definition of concern (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : marked interest or regard usually arising through a personal tie or relationship Their friend's health is a constant cause of concern.
b : an uneasy state of blended interest, uncertainty, and apprehension The actor's sudden collapse on stage caused concern.
2 : something that relates or belongs to one : affair It's no concern of yours.
3a : matter for consideration Immigration had become a concern to Congress.
b : a matter that causes feelings of unease, uncertainty, or apprehension health/safety concerns "Just throw it into the sun!" That phrase has long been the seemingly easy answer to … very serious concerns about what to do with nuclear waste.— Dave Trumbore
4 : an organization or establishment for business or manufacture a banking concern a commercial concern

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care, concern, solicitude, anxiety, worry mean a troubled or engrossed state of mind or the thing that causes this. care implies oppression of the mind weighed down by responsibility or disquieted by apprehension. a face worn by years of care concern implies a troubled state of mind because of personal interest, relation, or affection. crimes caused concern in the neighborhood solicitude implies great concern and connotes either thoughtful or hovering attentiveness toward another. acted with typical maternal solicitude anxiety stresses anguished uncertainty or fear of misfortune or failure. plagued by anxiety and self-doubt worry suggests fretting over matters that may or may not be real cause for anxiety. financial worries

Examples of concern in a Sentence

Verb The novel concerns three soldiers. This study concerns the noise levels in cities. This conversation doesn't concern you. Our mother's illness concerns us. Noun They have expressed concern about the cost of the project. There is some concern that the economy might worsen. I share your concern about these problems. Their friend's health is a constant source of concern. The governor needs to address voters' concerns about the economy. They have raised concerns about the cost of the project. Their friend's health is a constant concern. His concern with the well-being of his family is obvious. She has always shown genuine concern for the poor. I appreciate your concern, but there's really nothing you can do to help.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Smith and his teammates aren’t going to concern themselves with how bad their division might be. Schuyler Dixon,, "Alex Smith, Washington in 1st after Thanksgiving win over Cowboys," 26 Nov. 2020 That ought to concern Americans who have been used to naval dominance since the end of World War II. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Parting Shot: A Bigger Navy?," 21 Dec. 2020 Chondrules concern the opening chapters of the story, the leap from dust to planetesimals. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Asteroid Dust from Hayabusa2 Could Solve a Mystery of Planet Creation," 8 Dec. 2020 One of those additional layers of information will likely concern the acoustics, which is also part of Notre Dame's unique cultural heritage. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Saving Notre Dame chronicles effort to rebuild France’s famous cathedral," 25 Nov. 2020 The memorial is expected to host national and international exhibitions with themes that concern the defense of human rights, tolerance and humanism. Marcus M. Gilban,, "Rio inaugurates long-awaited Holocaust memorial," 17 Dec. 2020 Sorting through the blame would require a lengthy process, and all the Bears can concern themselves is trying to get back to .500 and stay in the playoff race. Brad Biggs,, "A ‘comfortable’ Mitch Trubisky has had a voice in some of the changes to the Chicago Bears offense. Why didn’t they happen sooner? ‘I was asking,’ the quarterback says.," 16 Dec. 2020 How the pandemic has further affected student performance is something that should concern every parent, teacher and policy maker. Margaret Spellings, WSJ, "Covid-19’s Painful—and Essential—Lessons for America’s Schools," 14 Dec. 2020 Also, don’t concern yourself with when your first benefit will actually show up in your bank account. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Why me? Ask the Social Security Administration for help," 6 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His chief concern is being away from work, which is busier than ever as the virus rages across Texas. Lauren Caruba,, "Hospitals full. Thousands infected with coronavirus each week. San Antonio pays the price for failing to flatten the curve.," 16 Jan. 2021 That could allow residents more time to voice their concern. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "How the Biden administration could hinder I-45's expansion," 15 Jan. 2021 Overall the bill is designed to auto-enroll likely Democratic voters, enhance Democratic turnout, with no concern for ballot integrity. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Top Priority: Consolidating Power," 14 Jan. 2021 My concern is that politics played a significant role in this result. Tom Roeder, Washington Examiner, "Space Command heading to Alabama," 13 Jan. 2021 Mica, in particular, voiced his concern publicly about the licenses in letters and hearings in 2010, 2011, 2013, and most recently, last year., "Flight plan for Failure," 13 Jan. 2021 His paramount concern, beyond his legacy, was what a second impeachment could do to his immediate political and financial future, according to four White House officials and Republicans close to the West Wing. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone," 13 Jan. 2021 Otherwise, hikers can simply continue along the trail with no concern of getting turned around. oregonlive, "What you need to know before hiking the reopened Eagle Creek Trail," 9 Jan. 2021 Ohio Congress members who plan to object to the vote cited Americans’ lack of faith in the electoral system as a basis for their concern -- without mentioning that Trump’s false claims about fraud have undermined voters’ confidence. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "At least three Ohio GOP congressmen will join Rep. Jim Jordan in objecting to Wednesday’s presidential vote count," 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of concern


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for concern

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of concern was in the 15th century

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Concern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of concern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)



English Language Learners Definition of concern (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


con·​cern | \ kən-ˈsərn How to pronounce concern (audio) \
concerned; concerning

Kids Definition of concern

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to relate to : be about The story concerns a young prince.
2 : to be of interest or importance to : affect This problem concerns us all.
3 : to make worried Her illness concerned my parents.
4 : engage sense 2, occupy She concerns herself with other people's business.



Kids Definition of concern (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a feeling of worry or care about a person or thing concern for the poor a cause for concern
2 : something that causes worry or is regarded as important The students' safety is her main concern.
3 : something that relates to or involves a person : affair This is not your concern.
4 : a business organization a banking concern

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