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 Powell said the Blazers’ history doesn’t concern him or the team. oregonlive, 12 May 2021 Advantaged by his selection last year of Herbert, the successor to Rivers who promptly won the NFL’s 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year award, General Manager Tom Telesco didn’t have to concern himself with a quarterback last week in the draft. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2021 Going into summer and fall, the biggest questions concern new offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes, imported from BYU, and the quarterback competition after four years of Charlie Brewer. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 28 May 2021 The motion doesn’t concern whether Wakeland should be deposed, but only when her deposition should take place. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 That doesn't concern Belsham because of the company's prestige positioning. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 16 May 2021 Wong, whose movies often concern the impossibility of setting anything in stone, has said the altered format reflects his unrealized intentions from that time. New York Times, 13 May 2021 Eight of the objections concern the collection box Amazon installed in the warehouse parking lot to collect ballots for the election. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, 19 Apr. 2021 The recent cyberattack against the Oldsmar water system should concern every American. Richard Tracy, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For four hours Friday during sometimes emotional testimony, Florida Department of Corrections officials faced a barrage of concern and questions about its plan to digitize all incoming prison mail and provide it to incarcerated people on tablets. Grace Toohey,, 12 June 2021 At this point, though, watchful concern is a more appropriate attitude than outright alarm. Steve Chapman,, 11 June 2021 If they are breathed in, the tiny hairs can also cause serious respiratory distress — a heightened concern during the coronavirus pandemic. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 11 June 2021 Entering those 7th and 8th races of the 2021 IndyCar campaign this weekend, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud all rebuffed Thursday any idea of pressure, worry or concern within their team garages near the midway point of the season. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2021 About 13% of homebuyers listed high mortgage payments as another concern, and 12% of homebuyers were unhappy with mortgage costs. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 This downturn comes at a time when the Red Cross continues to see strong demand for blood products − including platelets − by hospitals, causing concern for the sufficiency of the blood supply this month and throughout the summer. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 11 June 2021 Communicate empathy or concern for the people affected. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2021 Public health officials have expressed widespread concern over gonorrhea’s growing resistance to antibiotics. New York Times, 10 June 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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“Concern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 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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