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 That is the only thing that concerns us and this football team. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Freddie Kitchens discusses Myles Garrett in Friday press conference: Transcript," 22 Nov. 2019 But the question that concerned me most was what to do with it all. Tobias Rees, Quartz, "Why tech companies need philosophers—and how I convinced Google to hire them," 22 Nov. 2019 Martin and his bandmates -- bassist Guy Berryman, guitarist Jonny Buckland, and drummer Will Champion -- have never concerned themselves with the backlash that comes from being unabashedly sincere. Zack Ruskin,, "Album Review: Coldplay’s ‘Everyday Life’ reflects a band that is lost," 22 Nov. 2019 That report concerned itself with how the Republican Party was perceived, but this is no longer a matter of perception. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Forget the future, GOP. It’s Miller time!," 22 Nov. 2019 There had been three murders of Black trans women—Jaquarrius Holland, Chyna Gibson, and Ciara McElveen—in the course of two weeks, and our team was particularly concerned with how the women in their community were coping with such tremendous loss. Raquel Willis, Essence, "Black Trans Women Are Solving The Epidemic Of Violence, Support Us," 20 Nov. 2019 The word comes from a Latin transcription of the Celtic word for a social class of people among the ancient Celts who concerned themselves with prophecy and ritual. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Why do we know so little about the Druids?," 15 Nov. 2019 The order of precedence is different from the order of succession, which is only concerned with who can inherit the throne. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Why Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Are on Different Balconies at the Remembrance Day Service," 10 Nov. 2019 What concerns me, instead, is how artists respond to new conditions of seeing in an era of smartphones. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Kusama Arrives. Is It Worth Your Time to Wait in Line?," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The killing comes amid growing concerns over the city’s homicide rate, which jumped sharply in 2018 and has continued to rise this year. Washington Post, "He was training as a violence interrupter. And then he was fatally shot.," 24 Nov. 2019 Three states and two municipalities have banned the sale of padded bumpers because of safety concerns. Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of infant deaths have been tied to a popular baby product. But regulators are too paralyzed to act.," 24 Nov. 2019 Most recently, Gamette said, based on concerns from lawmakers, the system started tracking whether police complete followed up investigations on DNA hit information. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "Ohio closer to launching rape-kit tracking system to help victims follow evidence," 24 Nov. 2019 But beyond those immediate concerns lies another, and in some ways, the most significant question of all: What comes after demolition? John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Sending bulldozers into Detroit's neighborhoods isn't enough to solve blight problem," 23 Nov. 2019 The prize Mr Trump sought, an announcement that Ukraine was investigating the son of his electoral rival, former Vice-President Joe Biden, was rooted in Mr Biden’s role as point man for rule-of-law concerns in eastern Europe. The Economist, "America’s losing battle against corruption in eastern Europe," 23 Nov. 2019 District officials later met with Arthurs to discuss creation of new curriculum guidelines around education on native cultures and peoples. *** Arthurs first took her concerns to the teacher. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "Native American costumes for Thanksgiving draw parent complaint at Alabama school," 23 Nov. 2019 The Chicago Teachers Union and The Hideout have joined up in shared concern over the controversial Lincoln Yards development with a fundraiser Saturday for the nine union members arrested while protesting the developer during the teachers strike. Hannah Leone,, "The ‘CTU 9’: The Hideout hosts fundraiser for teachers arrested while protesting Lincoln Yards developer Sterling Bay during strike," 23 Nov. 2019 Most of the witnesses' testimony also undermines the argument that Mr. Trump had bona fide concerns about corruption in Ukraine. CBS News, "This round of impeachment hearings is over. What did we learn, and what happens next?," 23 Nov. 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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The first known use of concern was in the 15th century

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26 Nov 2019

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“Concern.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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very cautious or careful

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