- The definition of concern is something that is of interest, important or worrisome.
An example of concern is how ecologists feel about the decline in bees.
- Concern means to deal or be involved with or to cause an anxious feeling.
- An example of concern is someone becoming involved with another's business matters.
- An example of concern is someone being worried about their friend who has left a party angry.
- to have a relation to or bearing on; deal with
- to draw in; engage or involve; be a proper affair of: that doesn't concern you
- to cause to feel uneasy or anxious
Origin of concernMiddle English concernen from Medieval Latin concernere, to perceive, have regard to, figurative, figuratively use of Late Latin concernere, to sift, mix, as in a sieve from Classical Latin com-, with + cernere, to sift, hence perceive, comprehend: see crisis
- a matter of interest or importance to one; that which relates to or affects one; affair; matter; business
- interest in or regard for a person or thing
- relation; reference
- worry; anxiety: to feel concern over one's health
- a business establishment; company; firm
- to busy oneself (with, about, over, in something); take an interest
- to be worried, anxious, or uneasy
verbcon·cerned, con·cern·ing, con·cerns
- To have to do with or relate to: an article that concerns the plight of homeless people.
- To be of interest or importance to: This problem concerns all of us.
- To engage the attention of; involve: We concerned ourselves with accomplishing the task at hand.
- To cause anxiety or uneasiness in: The firm's weak financial posture is starting to concern its stockholders.
- A matter that relates to or affects one: What I do is not your concern.
- a. Regard for or interest in someone or something: His concern for you is genuine.b. A troubled or anxious state of mind: a frown that expressed great concern.
- A business establishment or enterprise; a firm.
Origin of concernMiddle English concernen from Old French concerner from Medieval Latin concernere from Late Latin to mingle together Latin com- com- Latin cernere to sift ; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural concerns)
- That which affects one's welfare or happiness.
- Mark's health was of great concern to Connie. The recent events in London are of no concern to most people in Australia.
- The expression of solicitude, anxiety, or compassion toward a thing or person.
- A business, firm or enterprise; a company.
- The employees' attitude is really hurting the concern.
- (computing, programming) Any set of information that affects the code of a computer program.
(third-person singular simple present concerns, present participle concerning, simple past and past participle concerned)
- To relate or belong to; to have reference to or connection with; to affect the interest of; to be of importance to.
- To engage by feeling or sentiment; to interest.
- A good prince concerns himself in the happiness of his subjects.
- To make somebody worried.
- I'm concerned that she's becoming an alcoholic.
From Middle French concerner, from Medieval Latin concernere (“to distinguish, to have respect to”), combined form of con- + cernō (“distinguish”)