concern

[kuhn-surn]

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. conceptualism,
  2. conceptualization,
  3. conceptualize,
  4. conceptually,
  5. conceptus,
  6. concerned,
  7. concerning,
  8. concernment,
  9. concert,
  10. concert grand

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

Synonym study

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for concern

concern

verb (tr)

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

noun

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 for concern

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 concern
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Idioms and Phrases with concern

concern

see as far as that goes (is concerned); to whom it may concern.

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