[ kuhn-surn ]
/ kənˈsɜrn /
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.
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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
ANTONYMS FOR concern
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM concerno·ver·con·cern, noun, verb (used with object)pre·con·cern, noun, verb (used with object)self-con·cern, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for self-concern
From her present bearing I arrived at some gauge of her self-concern, her self-respect.The Lady of the Shroud|Bram Stoker
British Dictionary definitions for self-concern
/ (kənˈsɜːn) /
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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Idioms and Phrases with self-concern
see as far as that goes (is concerned); to whom it may concern.
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