- 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 followed 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; business; 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.
Origin of concern
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Examples from the Web for concern
We have to share those feelings of concern that the people are feeling.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
This concern ceased after the Spanish warned of severe punitive measures on the family members of suicides.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
The concern is that a public accusation would result in an escalation.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
Some of the concern over student debt is likely driven by the startling headline numbers.The Student Loan Crisis That Isn’t About Kids at Harvard
November 30, 2014
But concern about the lake is fuelling hostilities that could prove problematic for the government and investors.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
The devotion to and concern for our institutions are deep and sincere.
She looked with concern and anger upon me—No compliance, I find!
America, at its best, matches a commitment to principle with a concern for civility.
Austin rose and bent over Katherine's chair in some concern.Viviette
William J. Locke
But should it not, and should it fall into their hands, it would not concern me but for your sake.
- to relate to; be of importance or interest to; affect
- (usually foll by with or in) to involve or interest (oneself)he concerns himself with other people's affairs
- something that affects or is of importance to a person; affair; business
- regard for or interest in a person or a thinghe felt a strong concern for her
- anxiety, worry, or solicitude
- important bearing or relationhis news has great concern for us
- a commercial company or enterprise
- informal a material thing, esp one of which one has a low opinion
Word Origin and History for concern
early 15c., "perceive, distinguish," also "refer to, relate to," from Middle French concerner, from Medieval Latin concernere "concern, touch, belong to," figurative use of Late Latin concernere "to sift, mix, as in a sieve," from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + cernere "to sift," hence "perceive, comprehend" (see crisis). Apparently the sense of the prefix shifted to intensive in Medieval Latin. Meaning "worry" is 17c. Related: Concerned; concerning. Letter opening to whom it may concern attested by 1740.
1580s, from concern (v.).