[ kuh n-surnd ]
/ kənˈsɜrnd /


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

First recorded in 1650–60; concern + -ed2


con·cern·ed·ly [kuh n-sur-nid-lee] /kənˈsɜr nɪd li/, adverbcon·cern·ed·ness, nounun·der·con·cerned, adjective

Definition for concerned (2 of 2)

[ kuhn-surn ]
/ kənˈsɜrn /

verb (used with object)


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


o·ver·con·cern, noun, verb (used with object)pre·con·cern, noun, verb (used with object)self-con·cern, noun

synonym study for concern

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for concerned (1 of 2)

/ (kənˈsɜːnd) /


(postpositive) interested, guilty, involved, or appropriateI shall find the boy concerned and punish him
worried, troubled, or solicitous

Derived forms of concerned

concernedly (kənˈsɜːnɪdlɪ), adverbconcernedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for concerned (2 of 2)

/ (kənˈsɜːn) /

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


Word Origin for concern

C15: from Late Latin concernere to mingle together, from Latin com- together + cernere to sift, distinguish
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Idioms and Phrases with concerned


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

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