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concern

[kuh n-surn]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to relate to; be connected with; be of interest or importance to; affect: The water shortage concerns us all.
  2. 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.
  3. to trouble, worry, or disquiet: I am concerned about his health.
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noun
  1. something that relates or pertains to a person; business; affair: Law is the concern of lawyers.
  2. 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.
  3. worry, solicitude, or anxiety: to show concern for someone in trouble.
  4. important relation or bearing: This news is of concern to all of us.
  5. a commercial or manufacturing company or establishment: the headquarters of an insurance concern.
  6. Informal. any material object or contrivance.
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Origin of concern

1375–1425; late Middle English concernen (< Middle French concerner) < Medieval Latin concernere to relate to, distinguish (Late Latin: to mix for sifting), equivalent to Latin con- con- + cernere to sift
Related formso·ver·con·cern, noun, verb (used with object)pre·con·cern, noun, verb (used with object)self-con·cern, noun

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1. touch, involve. 3. disturb. 5. burden, responsibility. 8. firm, house.

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6. 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.

Antonyms

6. indifference.
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British Dictionary definitions for overconcern

concern

verb (tr)
  1. to relate to; be of importance or interest to; affect
  2. (usually foll by with or in) to involve or interest (oneself)he concerns himself with other people's affairs
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noun
  1. something that affects or is of importance to a person; affair; business
  2. regard for or interest in a person or a thinghe felt a strong concern for her
  3. anxiety, worry, or solicitude
  4. important bearing or relationhis news has great concern for us
  5. a commercial company or enterprise
  6. informal a material thing, esp one of which one has a low opinion
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin concernere to mingle together, from Latin com- together + cernere to sift, distinguish
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Word Origin and History for overconcern

concern

v.

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.

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concern

n.

1580s, from concern (v.).

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Idioms and Phrases with overconcern

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