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Origin of concerning

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at concern, -ing2


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.
  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.

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

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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. 2018

Related Words for concerning

respecting, regarding, touching, about, anent, re

Examples from the Web for concerning

Contemporary Examples of concerning

Historical Examples of concerning

  • We are pure nothings, concerning which speculation is not worth the trouble.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Much has been said concerning the efficacy of the Water Fly as a lure.

  • Concerning Linda she could not resist a feeling of exultation.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "Good-morning," he said to the man who had instructed him concerning the Tube.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Naturally a great deal was told me concerning this festival from which they had just returned.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for concerning


  1. about; regarding; on the subject of
  1. worrying or troublesome


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
  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

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 concerning



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 concerning


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

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