- 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.
verb, intransitive Obsolete
- 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”)