What does concern mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. concernnoun

    something that interests you because it is important or affects you

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

  2. concern, care, fearnoun

    an anxious feeling

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

  3. concernnoun

    a feeling of sympathy for someone or something

    "She felt strong concern for those less fortunate"

  4. concern, worry, headache, vexationnoun

    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 organisationverb

    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 withverb

    be relevant to

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

  7. concern, interest, occupy, worryverb

    be on the mind of

    "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"


  1. concernnoun

    That which affects one's welfare or happiness

  2. concernnoun

    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. concernnoun

    A business, firm or enterprise; a company.

    The employees' attitude is really hurting the concern.

  4. concernverb

    To be of importance to.

  5. concernverb

    To make somebody worried.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Concernnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Let early care thy main concerns secure,
    Things of less moment may delays endure. John Denham.

    This manner of exposing the private concerns of families, and sacrificing the secrets of the dead to the curiosity of the living, is one of those licentious practices, which might well deserve the animadversion of our government. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    A heathen emperor said, if the gods were offended, it was their own concern, and they were able to vindicate themselves. Jonathan Swift.

    Religion is no trifling concern, to be performed in any careless and superficial manner. John Rogers, Sermon xiii.

    No plots th’ alarm to his retirements give;
    ’Tis all mankind’s concern that he should live. Dryden.

    When we speak of the conflagration of the world, these have no concern in the question. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Mysterious secrets of a high concern,
    And weighty truths, solid convincing sense,
    Explain’d by unaffected eloquence. Wentworth Dillon.

    The mind is stunned and dazzled amidst that variety of objects: she cannot apply herself to those things which are of the utmost concern to her. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 465.

    Ah, what concerns did both your souls divide!
    Your honour gave us what your love deny’d. Dryden.

    O Marcia, let me hope thy kind concerns,
    And gentle wishes, follow me to battle! Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Why all this concern for the poor? We want them not, as the country is now managed: where the plough has no work, one family can do the business of fifty. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To CONCERNverb

    Etymology: concerner, Fr. concerno, low Latin.

    Exclude the use of natural reasoning about the sense of holy scripture, concerning the articles of our faith; and then, that the scripture doth concern the articles of our faith, who can assure us? Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 8.

    Count Claudio may hear; for what I would speak of concerns him. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    Gracious things
    Thou hast reveal’d; those chiefly which concern
    Just Abraham, and his seed. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii.

    This place concerns not at all the dominion of one brother over the other. John Locke.

    I would not
    The cause were known to them it most concerns. William Shakespeare.

    Our wars with France have affected us in our most tender interests, and concerned us more than those with any other nation. Joseph Addison, on the State of the War.

    It much concerns them not to suffer the king to establish his authority on this side. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    The more the authority of any station in society is extended, the more it concerns publick happiness that it be committed to men fearing God. John Rogers, Sermons.

    I knew a young negroe who was sick of the small-pox: I found by enquiry, at a person’s concerned for him, that the little tumours left whitish specks behind them. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    Above the rest two goddesses appear,
    Concern’d for each: here Venus, Juno there. John Dryden, Æn.

    Providence, where it loves a nation, concerns itself to own and assert the interest of religion, by blasting the spoilers of religious persons and places. Robert South, Sermons.

    Whatever past actions it cannot reconcile, or appropriate to that present self by consciousness, it can be no more concerned in than if they had never been done. John Locke.

    They think themselves out of the reach of providence, and no longer concerned to solicit his favour. John Rogers, Sermon. ii.

    In one compressing engine I shut a sparrow, without forcing any air in; and in an hour the bird began to pant, and be concerned, and in less than an hour and a half to be sick. William Derham.


  1. concern

    Concern refers to a feeling of worry or distress about a particular situation or matter, or a matter of interest or importance to someone. In a business context, it can also refer to an organization or establishment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Concernverb

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

  2. Concernverb

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

  3. Concernverb

    to be of importance

  4. Concernnoun

    that which relates or belongs to one; business; affair

  5. Concernnoun

    that which affects the welfare or happiness; interest; moment

  6. Concernnoun

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

  7. Concernnoun

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

  8. Etymology: [F. concerner, LL. concernere to regard, concern, fr. L. concernere to mix or mingle together, as in a sieve for separating; con- + cernere to separate, sift, distinguish by the senses, and especially by the eyes, to perceive, see. See Certain.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Concern

    kon-sern′, v.t. to relate or belong to: to affect or interest: to make uneasy: to trouble: to have to do with: to be affected.—n. that which concerns or belongs to one: interest: regard: anxiety: a business, or those connected with it.—adj. Concerned′, having connection with: interested: anxious.—adv. Concern′edly.—n. Concern′edness.—prep. Concern′ing, regarding: pertaining to.—n. Concern′ment, a thing in which one is concerned: an affair: importance: interest: interference. [Fr.,—L. concernĕre, con, together, cernĕre, to see.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of concern in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of concern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of concern in a Sentence

  1. French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron:

    If we manage to do that, I would say that we are automatically addressing the British concern, we are ready to examine that. But at the same time, we need a stronger and better integrated euro zone.

  2. Victoria Espinel:

    What we have been doing very successfully (is) to make clear towards the United States government, the European government, the Japanese government (and) the government of China that this is a concern, it is not good for Chinese companies to be cut off from being able to choose the best products and services they want, it's not good for China ... as an economy.

  3. Ineke van Gent:

    My main concern is [ the ] sinking of the soil, which means that we also have problems with living on the water.

  4. Lynn Helms:

    It is a big concern.

  5. Jason Straziuso:

    We will continue to meet with the girls and monitor their health, our concern for the girls' well-being will continue in the coming months.

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  • الاهتمامArabic
  • обезпокоявам, грижа, засягам, интерес, загриженост, отнасям се до, концернBulgarian
  • preocupació, consternació, preocuparCatalan, Valencian
  • znepokojovat, podnik, trápitCzech
  • BekymringDanish
  • Besorgnis, Konzern, Sorge, BetroffenheitGerman
  • koncerniEsperanto
  • referirse a, preocupación, preocuparSpanish
  • huoli, huolestuttaa, asiaFinnish
  • concerner, importance, préoccuper, inquiéter, toucher, soin, inquiétude, interesserFrench
  • bain le, bain doIrish
  • suimScottish Gaelic
  • דאגה, הדאיגHebrew
  • perhatianIndonesian
  • interessare, inquietare, preoccupare, concernere, turbare, impresaItalian
  • 注意事項, 題目, 心配事Japanese
  • ಕಾಳಜಿKannada
  • fabulaLatin
  • utiutiMāori
  • zorg, belang hechten aan, onderneming, ongerust maken, zich inlaten, belangstellingDutch
  • angå, konsern, bekymring, selskap, uroNorwegian
  • concernir, preocupar, ter a ver com, preocupaçãoPortuguese
  • preocupa, concern, preocupare, frământare, îngrijorare, întreprindere, îngrijoraRomanian
  • волновать, беспокоить, концерн, касаться, забота, занимать, беспокойствоRussian
  • shqetësoj, shqetësimAlbanian
  • oro, bekymra, angå, oroaSwedish
  • அக்கறைTamil
  • ఆందోళనTelugu
  • cesaretsizlik, önyargı, endişe, kaygı, özen, şaşkınlık, ilgilendirmekTurkish
  • تشویشUrdu
  • làm cho lo ngạiVietnamese

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