WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
con•cern /kənˈsɜrn/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- [not: be + ~-ing] to be of interest or importance to;
involve: Drug abuse concerns us all.
- to relate to;
be connected with;
be about:[not: be + ~-ing]This next episode concerns our hero trying to rescue the heroine.
- [~ + oneself + with + object] to interest or engage: He concerned himself with every aspect of the business.
- [~ + object] to trouble, worry, or make unhappy;
disturb: Your headaches concern me.
- something that relates to a person;
one's business or affair;
something important to a person:[uncountable]That problem is of no concern to us.
- worry, solicitude, or anxiety:[uncountable]to show concern for the homeless.
- a commercial or manufacturing company;
firm:[countable]business concerns in that region.
concern is a noun and a verb, concerned is an adjective, concerning is a preposition:His low grades concern me. One of my concerns is his low grades. We are concerned parents. Concerning the payments, how should we arrange them?
(kən sûrn′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to relate to;
be connected with;
be of interest or importance to;
affect:The water shortage concerns us all.
- to interest or engage (used reflexively or in the passive, often fol. by with or in):She concerns herself with every aspect of the business.
- to trouble, worry, or disquiet:I am concerned about his health.
- something that relates or pertains to a person;
affair:Law is the concern of lawyers.
- a matter that engages a person's attention, interest, or care, or that affects a person's welfare or happiness:The party was no concern of his.
- worry, solicitude, or anxiety:to show concern for someone in trouble.
- important relation or bearing:This news is of concern to all of us.
- a commercial or manufacturing company or establishment:the headquarters of an insurance concern.
- [Informal.]any material object or contrivance.
- Medieval Latin concernere to relate to, distinguish (Late Latin: to mix for sifting), equivalent. to Latin con- con- + cernere to sift
- Middle French concerner)
- late Middle English concernen ( 1375–1425
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged touch, involve.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disturb.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged burden, responsibility. Concern, care, worry connote an uneasy and burdened state of mind. Concern implies an anxious sense of interest in something:concern over a friend's misfortune.Care suggests a heaviness of spirit caused by dread, or by the constant pressure of burdensome demands:Poverty weighs a person down with care.Worry is an active state of agitated uneasiness and restless apprehension:He was distracted by worry over the stock market.
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged firm, house.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged indifference.
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concern /kənˈsɜːn/ vb (transitive)
- to relate to; be of importance or interest to; affect
- usually followed by with or in: to involve or interest (oneself): he concerns himself with other people's affairs
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin concernere to mingle together, from Latin com- together + cernere to sift, distinguish
- something that affects or is of importance to a person; affair; business
- regard for or interest in a person or a thing: he felt a strong concern for her
- anxiety, worry, or solicitude
- important bearing or relation: his news has great concern for us
- a commercial company or enterprise
- informal a material thing, esp one of which one has a low opinion
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