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


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.


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

Reed said police do not think there's a reason for the public to be concerned about safety. Dallas News, "Elderly woman found dead in wheelchair at Addison apartments was slain, officials say," 2 July 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both said they were concerned about the erosion of environmental protections in Brazil, but neither France, Germany or the European Union have gone beyond words. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, "Amazon destruction accelerates 60% to one and a half soccer fields every minute," 2 July 2019 At the time, Harp said she was concerned that the shooting took place in New Haven without the city’s officers being notified about the situation before the shooting occurred. Lydia Gerike,, "Otoniel Reyes selected as next New Haven police chief, pledges to focus on community policing," 2 July 2019 No one seems to be concerned for the approximately 2.6 million people employed by the medical insurance industry who most likely would face unemployment. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: New DIA drop-off doesn’t work for those with disabilities; Hot takes on Wednesday’s debate; Colo.’s public projects curse (6/28/19)," 28 June 2019 These issues are legally important, and there are reasons for evangelicals to be concerned. David French, Time, "Evangelicals Are Supporting Trump Out of Fear, Not Faith," 27 June 2019 Ligado claims there's no reason to be concerned about interference with weather-satellite data transmissions. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC battles meteorologists again over plan to help wireless industry," 26 June 2019 Irby’s arrest has sparked public outcry from those criticizing law enforcement for arresting someone who seemed to be concerned with their own safety. Fox News, "Florida woman arrested after turning in estranged husband's gun a day after he tried to run her over: reports," 22 June 2019 Olson said he was concerned the policy could inadvertently encourage customers to rack up higher bills that would be harder to pay down. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona bans power shutoffs until October 15 after woman's death," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Valerie has a much bigger concern: her daughter who's been asleep in the apartment this whole time. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Houston doctor charged in murder-for-hire plot goes to trial," 6 July 2019 Its contemplation of the future is often a commentary on the present: many sci-fi authors take current concerns, from robots to climate chaos to gender politics, to the logical extremes and consider their implications. The Economist, "Why it's worth reading crazy-sounding scenarios about the future," 6 July 2019 There’s been a lot of concern about how conservatives and liberals consume their news from sources that merely confirm their preexisting beliefs. Johanna Blakley, Quartzy, "Four TV shows that both liberals and conservatives love—and one they both hate," 5 July 2019 The concerns about blood clots emerged during a Xeljanz safety trial in February. John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "FDA didn't act as forcefully as European regulators on safety concerns over Pfizer drug," 3 July 2019 Have at it: Any questions/thoughts/concerns/complaints? Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Best Things Indianapolis 2019: The rules," 3 July 2019 But what’s going up is a huge concern — birch and balsam. Brooks Johnson, Twin Cities, "20 years later, effects of massive Boundary Waters windstorm still felt," 3 July 2019 There is concern in the scientific community that putting reflective aerosols in the atmosphere could worsen droughts and hurricanes in some regions if geoengineering isn't regulated (Climatewire, March 12). John Fialka, Scientific American, "Risks of Controversial Geoengineering Approach “May Be Overstated”," 3 July 2019 But disciplinary segregation often houses a prison’s most violent and predatory inmates, including gang members, who suddenly became aware of Floro’s security concerns, his lawyer said., "Federal jury finds Oregon corrections officer put inmate in harm’s way, awards $350,000 in damages," 2 July 2019

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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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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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