Definitions for concernkənˈsɜrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to be of interest or importance to; affect; involve:

    Drug abuse concerns us all.

  2. to relate to; be connected with.

  3. to interest or engage (used reflexively or in the passive):

    to concern oneself with every aspect of a business.

  4. to trouble, worry, or disquiet; disturb:

    Your headaches concern me.

  5. (n.)something that relates or pertains to a person; business; affair.

  6. a matter that engages a person's attention, interest, or care, or that affects a person's welfare or happiness.

  7. worry, solicitude, or anxiety:

    to show concern for the homeless.

  8. important relation or bearing:

    This news is of concern to both of us.

  9. a commercial or manufacturing company or establishment; firm.

  10. any material object or contrivance.

* Syn: concern , care , worry connote an uneasy and burdened state of mind. concern implies an anxious sense of interest in or responsibility for 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 weighed them down with care. worry is a state of agitated uneasiness and restless apprehension: distracted by worry over investments.

Origin of concern:

1375–1425; late ME (< MF concerner) < ML concernere to relate to, distinguish (LL: to mix for sifting)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. concern(noun)

    something that interests you because it is important or affects you

    "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"

  2. concern, care, fear(noun)

    an anxious feeling

    "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"

  3. concern(noun)

    a feeling of sympathy for someone or something

    "She felt strong concern for those less fortunate"

  4. concern, worry, headache, vexation(noun)

    something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

    "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry"

  5. business, concern, business concern, business organization, business organisation(verb)

    a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it

    "he bought his brother's business"; "a small mom-and-pop business"; "a racially integrated business concern"

  6. refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with(verb)

    be relevant to

    "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

  7. concern, interest, occupy, worry(verb)

    be on the mind of

    "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. concern(noun)ənˈsɜrn

    worries or fears

    concern for the children's happiness; concerns about/over the failing housing market; concern that the school may close

  2. concernənˈsɜrn

    reason to worry

    There is no cause for concern.

  3. concernənˈsɜrn

    to say what worries you

  4. concernənˈsɜrn

    sb's responsibility or problem

    If he's broke, that's not my concern.

  5. concern(verb)ənˈsɜrn

    to worry sb

    Climate change concerns me.; It concerns us that you're doing this alone.; It concerns us to see so much poverty.

  6. concernənˈsɜrn

    to be about

    an essay concerning human intelligence

  7. concernənˈsɜrn

    relate to or involve sb

    This matter doesn't concern you.

  8. concernənˈsɜrn

    to think or worry about

    She doesn't concern herself with unimportant things.


  1. concern(Noun)

    That which affects one's welfare or happiness

  2. concern(Noun)

    The expression of solicitude, anxiety, or compassion toward a thing or person.

    He placed his hand on his sister's sunburnt legs with great concern.

  3. concern(Noun)

    A business, firm or enterprise; a company.

    The employees' attitude is really hurting the concern.

  4. concern(Verb)

    To be of importance to.

  5. concern(Verb)

    To make somebody worried.

  6. Origin: From concernere, combined form of con- + cerno

Webster Dictionary

  1. Concern(verb)

    to relate or belong to; to have reference to or connection with; to affect the interest of; to be of importance to

  2. Concern(verb)

    to engage by feeling or sentiment; to interest; as, a good prince concerns himself in the happiness of his subjects

  3. Concern(verb)

    to be of importance

  4. Concern(noun)

    that which relates or belongs to one; business; affair

  5. Concern(noun)

    that which affects the welfare or happiness; interest; moment

  6. Concern(noun)

    interest in, or care for, any person or thing; regard; solicitude; anxiety

  7. Concern(noun)

    persons connected in business; a firm and its business; as, a banking concern


  1. Concern

    Concern is a multi-millionaire American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by top stallion Broad Brush, who in turn was a son of Ack Ack. His dam was Fara's Team. Concern was best known for his wins in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic and the grade two Arkansas Derby. Born at owner Robert Meyerhoff's Fitzhugh Farm in Phoenix, Maryland. To date, Concern is one of only three Maryland-bred horses ever to surpass the three million dollar mark in earnings. The other two were Cigar and Awad. He finished racing with a record of 7-7-11 in 30 starts and career earnings of $3,079,350.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concern' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1044

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concern' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1456

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concern' in Nouns Frequency: #366

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'concern' in Verbs Frequency: #570

Translations for concern

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something that concerns or belongs to one

His problems are not my concern.

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