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concern

verb con·cern \ kən-ˈsərn \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of concern

transitive verb
1 a : 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 : 1engage, occupy
  • He concerns himself with trivia.
  • She refused to concern herself with such gossip.
intransitive verb
obsolete : to be of importance : matter

Examples of concern in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of concern from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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

concern Synonyms

Synonyms
cover, deal (with), pertain (to), treat (of), have to do with
Antonyms
calm, compose, quiet, settle, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize)
Related Words
appertain (to), bear (on or upon), refer (to), relate (to); advert (to), allude (to), cite, glance (upon), instance, mention, name, note, notice, quote, specify, touch (upon); offer, present; contain, embrace, encompass, entail, include, incorporate
Near Antonyms
exclude, omit; disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight, slur (over); brush (aside or off), reject, shrug off

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concern

noun

Definition of concern

1 a : 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.
3 : matter for consideration
  • Immigration had become a concern to Congress.
4 : an organization or establishment for business or manufacture
  • a banking concern
  • a commercial concern

Examples of concern in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of concern from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of concern

Synonym Discussion of concern

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


CONCERN Defined for English Language Learners

concern

verb

Definition of concern for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


concern

noun

Definition of concern for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CONCERN Defined for Kids

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concern

verb con·cern \ kən-ˈsərn \

Definition of concern for Students

concerned; concerning
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 2, occupy
  • She concerns herself with other people's business.

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concern

noun

Definition of concern for Students

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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