[kuh n-surnd]


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



verb (used with object)

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

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

Synonyms for concern

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.

Antonyms for concern Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for concerned

Contemporary Examples of concerned

Historical Examples of concerned

  • These losses are doubtless irreparable so far as the stocks in question are concerned.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Percival made his way toward one of them with a dim notion that he might be concerned.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • No one seemed to have concerned himself with what Bathsheba thought of it all.


    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)

    Samuel Richardson

  • What is known as church-affiliation, the music of the setting, I am not concerned with.

British Dictionary definitions for concerned



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


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


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 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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with concerned


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

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