Concern Definition

concerned, concerning, concerns
concerned, concerning, concerns
To have a relation to or bearing on; deal with.
Webster's New World
To have to do with or relate to.
An article that concerns the plight of homeless people.
American Heritage
To be of interest or importance to.
This problem concerns all of us.
American Heritage
To draw in; engage or involve; be a proper affair of.
That doesn't concern you.
Webster's New World
To cause to feel uneasy or anxious.
Webster's New World
A matter of interest or importance to one; that which relates to or affects one; affair; matter; business.
Webster's New World
Interest in or regard for a person or thing.
Webster's New World
A troubled or anxious state of mind.
A frown that expressed great concern.
American Heritage
Relation; reference.
Webster's New World
Worry; anxiety.
To feel concern over one's health.
Webster's New World
as concerns
  • in regard to; with reference to; about
Webster's New World
concern oneself
  • to busy oneself (with, about, over, in something); take an interest
  • to be worried, anxious, or uneasy
Webster's New World

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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Concern

  • as concerns
  • concern oneself

Origin of Concern

  • Middle English concernen from Old French concerner from Medieval Latin concernere from Late Latin to mingle together Latin com- com- Latin cernere to sift krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French concerner, from Medieval Latin concernere (“to distinguish, to have respect to”), combined form of con- + cernō (“distinguish”)

    From Wiktionary

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