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

Finally, there's also reason to be concerned about digital eyestrain. Jenna Birch,, "How binge watching is hazardous to your health," 6 June 2019 As far as Herrington was concerned, whatever Holland said was gospel. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "The unknown story of how John Herrington became the G.O.A.T.," 6 June 2019 The opening case in Xi’an concerned a shareholding dispute involving Red Bull, an energy drink from Thailand. The Economist, "A belt-and-road court dreams of rivalling the West’s tribunals," 6 June 2019 As far as they were concerned, I was well taken care of and had little to worry about, other than my school. Aleksandar Hemon, The New Yorker, "My Mother and the Failed Experiment of Yugoslavia," 5 June 2019 The nature of the Whisper app, which allows users to post anonymous confessions, is concerning to law enforcement. Leada Gore |,, "Whisper: What to know about app Alabama man allegedly used to lure 13-year-old for sex," 3 June 2019 Long wait times still concern Supervisor Hillary Ronen, originally one of the laws’ main opponents. Trisha Thadani,, "San Francisco supervisors strike deal to expand forced treatment of mentally ill," 3 June 2019 Broadly speaking, epic fantasy feels most at home in a pre-industrial world, and doesn’t usually concern itself with the affairs of things like corporations or the ethics of capitalism that came with industrialization. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 There’s no reason to be concerned about the overall health of Target in general, though. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Your Local Target Could Be One Of The Locations Closing By February 2019," 31 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The mood of worry and moral concern is undercut, however, by the painting’s frothy, baroque style. Steven Litt,, "Cleveland Museum of Art ignites burning river anniversary with incendiary art of Cai Guo-Qiang," 9 June 2019 In a tumultuous chapter in the auto industry, a proposal by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to merge with Renault collapsed last week because of concerns from the French government over the impact on Renault’s partnership with Nissan. ... Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Renault, Nissan Alliance Comes Before Industry Consolidation, French Minister Says," 9 June 2019 Cheung did not address Taipei's concerns over the bill. James Griffiths, CNN, "Mass protest in Hong Kong over law critics fear could allow China to snatch anyone," 8 June 2019 But his earlier overhaul of the justice system has fuelled concerns about judicial independence. The Economist, "Disgruntled investors are losing patience with central Europe," 8 June 2019 My Manager — cares about concerns, helps employees develop. Bob Helbig, Indianapolis Star, "Top Workplaces 2019: About our survey of Central Indiana companies," 8 June 2019 Shortly after, the state moved to shut down the clinic, citing safety concerns. Andrea González-ramírez,, "Missouri Is Forcing Women Who Want Abortions To Undergo Unnecessary Pelvic Exams," 8 June 2019 Last week, lawyers who sued over the census plan raised a second concern. David G. Savage, Anchorage Daily News, "With political power at stake, Supreme Court is set to rule on gerrymandering and the census," 8 June 2019 During a Fox News town hall with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in April, host Bret Baier sought to dramatize concerns about his Medicare for All proposal. Madeleine Joung, Time, "The 7 Most Memorable Moments From 2020 Democratic Town Halls," 7 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'concern.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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