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concern

noun

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1 a commercial or industrial activity or organization
  • several banking concerns in the area

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concern

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of concern (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to have (something) as a subject matter
  • the book concerns the challenges faced by children growing up in single-parent households

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2 to be the business or affair of
  • the problems of air and water pollution that concern all of us

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3 to trouble the mind of; to make uneasy
  • we were greatly concerned by reports that yet another previously unknown virus is now posing a threat

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How is the word concern distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of concern are anxiety, care, solicitude, and worry. While all these words mean "a troubled or engrossed state of mind or the thing that causes this," concern implies a troubled state of mind because of personal interest, relation, or affection.

crimes caused concern in the neighborhood

When could anxiety be used to replace concern?

In some situations, the words anxiety and concern are roughly equivalent. However, anxiety stresses anguished uncertainty or fear of misfortune or failure.

plagued by anxiety and self-doubt

When is care a more appropriate choice than concern?

The words care and concern are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, care implies oppression of the mind weighed down by responsibility or disquieted by apprehension.

a face worn by years of care

When can solicitude be used instead of concern?

The synonyms solicitude and concern are sometimes interchangeable, but solicitude implies great concern and connotes either thoughtful or hovering attentiveness toward another.

acted with typical maternal solicitude

When is it sensible to use worry instead of concern?

While the synonyms worry and concern are close in meaning, worry suggests fretting over matters that may or may not be real cause for anxiety.

financial worries

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The first known use of concern was in the 15th century

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“Concern.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/concern. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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