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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some of these interests concern the time, place and manner in which rights are exercised. William A. Galston, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 But most day-to-day interactions should not concern people. Grace Tooheystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 That versatility is one reason Walton said depth issues do not concern him long-term. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2022 Teresa Thorne, executive director of the Alliance for Food and Farming, a nonprofit that represents organic and conventional farmers, says EWG's lists concern her. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 Smart said coaches prepare for the unknown, but players don’t need to concern themselves with the game-within-the game aspect of things. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 29 Aug. 2022 The MacTigr is wired, so there's no need to concern yourself over lag or latency. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 Hobson’s method was a boon to farmers—and irrelevant to contemporary funeral directors, who tended to concern themselves with impeding rather than accelerating decay. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2022 As far-right sentiment surges in France ahead of April’s presidential elections — and lawmakers continue to concern themselves with hijab bans — the time is urgently right for artists to challenge the country’s enduring history of Islamophobia. Guy Lodge, Variety, 10 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our key concern then was that–with inflation running high–the tactical use of monetary policy was constrained and deprived a slowing economy and faltering markets of rate cuts that were once taken for granted. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2022 Under the clique’s influence, Annie starts a relationship with her lacrosse coach, Mitch, but is overcome with concern about getting caught. Josie Howell |, al, 21 Sep. 2022 Two sources previously told Rolling Stone that there has been frequent and heavy marijuana use on the farm in front of children, with little concern about proper ventilation. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 18 Sep. 2022 Menton earned local and national acclaim for its approach to haute cuisine (along with concern from some investors); it was designated a Relais & Chateaux and a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant., 17 Sep. 2022 Later, military strategies to avoid bombing Auschwitz were made exactly as dictatorships would not make them—with concern for soldiers’ lives. Dara Horn, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2022 And with concern about a fall wave of Covid paramount in this effort, the messaging is stressing the importance of doing this sooner rather than later. Helen Branswell, STAT, 11 Sep. 2022 Some on the site responded with concern at the move. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 Travers Gee, a prosecutor for the city, eyes the situation for his dad and stepmother with concern. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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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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