- interested or affected: concerned citizens.
- troubled or anxious: a concerned look.
- having a connection or involvement; participating: They arrested all those concerned in the kidnapping.
Origin of concerned
- 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 concerned
So, as far as Mexican officials like Peña Nieto are concerned, the goal is to keep their countrymen here — and keep them happy.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
Was there something linked to something a little more universal as far as experiences are concerned?Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
As far as I was concerned he was the best bad guy in the history of the movies.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
That North Korea was behind the Sony attack seems beyond doubt—at least as far as the Obama administration is concerned.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
So how concerned should people be about the fate of the VSV vaccine?Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
These losses are doubtless irreparable so far as the stocks in question are concerned.
Percival made his way toward one of them with a dim notion that he might be concerned.
No one seemed to have concerned himself with what Bathsheba thought of it all.Viviette
William J. Locke
As to some of the others, I cannot wonder at any thing they do, or attempt to do, where self is concerned.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
What is known as church-affiliation, the music of the setting, I am not concerned with.The Conquest of Fear
- (postpositive) interested, guilty, involved, or appropriateI shall find the boy concerned and punish him
- worried, troubled, or solicitous
- 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 concerned
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.).