Definition of concern in English:



  • 1Relate to; be about.

    ‘the story concerns a friend of mine’
    ‘the report is mainly concerned with 1984 onwards’
    • ‘Analysis is concerned with determining the structure and identity of a compound.’
    • ‘Bivariate analysis is concerned with the analysis of two variables at a time in order to uncover whether the two variables are related.’
    • ‘The Jackie Milburn story is more concerned with the man than his time, but there are many similar notes struck.’
    • ‘Note, however, that the primary interest of this study is concerned with talent flow.’
    • ‘In fact, there is a branch of philosophy that is concerned with the study of the nature of knowledge.’
    • ‘The 1950 study was concerned with identifying the main causes of the rise in lung cancer and showed the predominant role of tobacco.’
    • ‘Burma was a British colony and the story is concerned with the British and the Burmese people.’
    • ‘The present study is concerned with the control of expression through mRNA degradation.’
    • ‘The present study was concerned with the effect of SRN on reading acquisition.’
    • ‘Shelton is less concerned with telling a story than with finding answers.’
    • ‘The story is concerned with four students on a preppy campus in California.’
    • ‘More often than not, the 999 Lifesavers stories are concerned with parents and children.’
    • ‘The final factor is concerned with differences in study design.’
    • ‘Julian Barnes's new book of short stories is concerned with old age and death.’
    • ‘Voters in bars and cafes are more concerned with discussing the World Cup and the French Open tennis championships.’
    • ‘Of course, the Today Tonight story was only concerned with the latter issue.’
    • ‘The study of plasticity is concerned with the relationship between metal flow and applied stress.’
    • ‘The discussion here is concerned with the legal principles, not the role of law as a tool in a wider campaign.’
    • ‘In this book we have emphasized that the evangelists are concerned with both the story and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth.’
    • ‘It was to be concerned with analyses of all kinds of materials sent in by the Survey's field officers, and it amassed a wealth of sample data.’
    be about, deal with, cover, treat, have to do with
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    1. 1.1Be relevant or important to; affect or involve.
      ‘she was prying into that which did not concern her’
      ‘many thanks to all concerned’
      • ‘All concerned countries will be sucked in, regardless of their subjective wishes.’
      • ‘It is so important for all concerned that we know what people do and do not want.’
      • ‘Police and all concerned parties are working together to bring the culprit or culprits to justice.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for all concerned the security of Woolston House was no longer our responsibility.’
      • ‘To the amazement of all concerned Simon's leukaemia had grown through some of the heaviest drug treatment available.’
      • ‘Either the rules of the game apply to all concerned, or do not apply at all.’
      • ‘The Minister wishes all concerned every success in the future as they set about this task.’
      • ‘Hey, that is an important issue but it concerns the municipality.’
      • ‘All concerned proceeded with general indifference to the constitutional issues involved.’
      • ‘In conclusion I believe that to make this trade safer for all concerned the profession should be legalized.’
      • ‘In the end it's only a teaser. so I'm probably being really unfair to all concerned by nit-picking it to death.’
      • ‘She said the PCT is committed to involving staff and patients in the review and that all concerned parties would be kept informed.’
      • ‘Well put it this way, this is such uncharted territory for all concerned that none of the parties themselves really know.’
      • ‘As well as being a most enjoyable day out for all concerned it also proved to be a very good fundraiser.’
      • ‘His involvement made the event memorable for all concerned.’
      • ‘This is a wonderful achievement for the club and we would like to wish all concerned the very best of luck.’
      • ‘We wish all concerned the very best and let's hope there will be plenty of support from the area.’
      • ‘While no definitive solution to the impasse was reached there will be a further meeting of all concerned next week’
      • ‘Except where it is dishonoured, its clearance involves a minimum of paperwork for all concerned.’
      • ‘They would not have been concerned with all of the things that Astra said concerned them.’
      affect, be the business of, involve, be relevant to, apply to, pertain to, have a bearing on, bear on, impact on
      interested, involved, affected
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    2. 1.2Interest or involve oneself in.
      ‘it is not necessary for us to concern ourselves with this point’
      • ‘It's better not to over concern yourself with what could happen in the future because it can make you paranoid, thinking, ‘Oh my God, I'm not getting job offers today.’’
      • ‘The title story, set on the coast a few hours’ drive from Lisbon, concerns itself with two families, one rich and one decidedly not.’
      • ‘The hearing is concerning itself with two ‘test’ cases.’
      • ‘There is no point in my concerning myself with what he is or is not doing.’
      • ‘There is every likelihood of there being something of interest to those who concern themselves with such things, and tourism might be enhanced.’
      • ‘What we should mainly be concerning ourselves with, though, is the damage we are doing to marriage right now.’
      • ‘The manager who attended the monthly meeting of the Town Council also told the councillors they were not to be concerning themselves with how the Inner Relief Street would be funded.’
      • ‘If so, it's likely to be an important message, and we ought to be concerning ourselves with how to decode it.’
      • ‘And which, he might have added, is pretty much what the paper spent the '90s concerning itself with.’
      • ‘But to be honest, there's no point in me concerning myself with that.’
      • ‘In the meantime, I'll be concerning myself with more urgent things like surviving deadlines!’
      • ‘Assuming those difficulties are overcome, married people must also concern themselves with how they are perceived by others.’
      • ‘CB has been personally involved with some of the campaigns his newspaper has concerned itself with.’
      • ‘Some, such as chambers of commerce, concern themselves with narrowly defined interests.’
      • ‘Trying to patch together a tour teetering on the brink of disaster is what he should be concerning himself with.’
      • ‘What else is there to concern yourself with when it's your life they're playing pawn with?’
      • ‘The first concerns itself with how a person deals with others.’
      • ‘No change to interest rates means no major drama to concern ourselves with.’
      • ‘Correctly understood, psychological warfare does not treat home morale or concern itself with public relations involving friendly countries.’
      • ‘This was easily done, since very few outside the asylum concerned themselves with what went on inside.’
      be associated with, concern oneself with, involve oneself in, involve oneself with, get involved in, get involved with, have something to do with, have dealings with, deal with, handle, be a party to
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    3. 1.3formal Have a specific connection with or responsibility for.
      ‘those concerned in industry, academia, and government’
      • ‘During 1998 and 1999 both respondents were concerned in the possession and supply of like products.’
      • ‘Have you ever been concerned in the commission, preparation or organisation of genocide or crimes, including crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the course of armed conflict?’
      • ‘On June 10 both men were found guilty at Croydon Crown Court of being concerned in the production of cannabis.’
      • ‘In total ten people, aged in their mid 20s to late 30s, were arrested for possession as well as suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.’
      • ‘After the arrests, a Greater Manchester police spokesman confirmed: ‘Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.’’
      • ‘And the trainer did not forget his back up team at Rosewell House either, adding ‘Many people were concerned in last Tuesday's effort and my staff did a wonderful job with Media Puzzle.’’
      • ‘Today, we can reveal he is back in England, and will appear before Hull Crown Court next Friday, charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis, conspiracy to supply cannabis, and having an offensive weapon.’
      • ‘And of course later on I was concerned in appearing for the Department [of Corrective Services] in some prison riots where the prisoners had been badly bashed.’
      • ‘Two women were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the management of a brothel and a man, in his 30s, was arrested outside on suspicion of being in possession of a class A drug.’
      • ‘The evidence establishes beyond doubt that the appellant lacks those abilities and in that respect cannot be considered a fit person to be concerned in carrying on a residential care home.’
      • ‘They were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 on Wednesday on the suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, the police said. - AFP’
      • ‘Mr Black accepted an undertaking which prevents him from being a director of a company, directly or indirectly, and being concerned in or taking part in the promotion, formation or management of a company for four years.’
      • ‘Both pleaded guilty to being concerned in the organisation or management of unlicensed public entertainment.’
      • ‘The four people arrested are currently being questioned on suspicion of being concerned in the production of ‘skunk’ cannabis, a controlled drug.’
      • ‘‘I think these are very, very serious issues as far as the reputation of Ireland is concerned in this matter,’ she told Today FM.’
      • ‘She pleaded guilty to being concerned in the production of a controlled drug between September 1, 1999, and March 27, 2000.’
      • ‘These were two accusations of being concerned in the supply of drugs and two of permitting premises to be used for drug supplying.’
      • ‘It was stated that two authorities were concerned in the matter and one would not accept the results of the tests carried out by the other as to the suitability of the water, where there were attested herds.’
      • ‘Plain clothed and uniformed officers carried out the raid after Burke was arrested outside the house for being concerned in the supply of drugs.’
      • ‘The men, aged between 19 and 32, were seized in a series of raids across the country yesterday on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.’
      involve oneself in, interest oneself in, take an interest in, be interested in, be involved in, take a hand in, busy oneself with, occupy oneself with, devote one's time to, bother oneself with, notice, take notice of
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    4. 1.4Regard it as important to do something.
      ‘I was mainly concerned with making something that children could enjoy’
      • ‘Leibniz was also concerned with a related idea, that of the algorithm.’
      • ‘In their focus on Jesus they are basically concerned with how he relates to current world views and frameworks of understanding.’
      • ‘The House of Lords there was concerned with the provisions relating to restructuring of companies.’
      • ‘Both Mahmood and Isiko were concerned with review of deportation decisions.’
      • ‘Why am I more concerned with analysing and understanding human complexes and the way things are than simpler matters?’
      • ‘The first is charismatic leadership which is mainly concerned with carrying the hearts and minds of the people involved in the change.’
      • ‘I think teenagers dare to be concerned with the most important issues and as they grow older they tend to get jaded.’
      • ‘It drives him to go for broke and do what he would have had no problem doing earlier before he had become concerned with more important things.’
      • ‘It is with the latter, more interesting contexts, I think, that we shall be concerned in what follows.’
      • ‘He was mainly interested in and concerned with his work, his family, and his church.’
      • ‘It is fundamentally ontological in nature; that is, it is ultimately concerned with the study of Being.’
      • ‘The ads described the research project as being concerned with factors related to marital life.’
      • ‘Much of it is concerned with telling the stories of the stories we tell each other.’
      • ‘Here, however, I shall not be concerned with these important nuances.’
  • 2Make (someone) anxious or worried.

    ‘the roof of the barn concerns me because eventually it will fall in’
    ‘don't concern yourself, old boy—my lips are sealed’
    • ‘A chance remark by trainer Peter Niven a few weeks ago worried me then, and concerns me even more in retrospect.’
    • ‘While both Ellen and Paul were concerned, neither one seemed to be worried by it.’
    • ‘I am concerned that the staff seem to be very worried about the direction that the organisation is taking.’
    • ‘If he was concerned there might be trouble, he would purposely avoid drawing attention to me..’
    • ‘I am deeply concerned about the disturbance caused within the parish where I have been working.’
    • ‘Obviously, that is extremely worrying in a number of ways, and it should concern us all.’
    • ‘The only way this can be achieved is by addressing the issues that are concerning the people on the street.’
    • ‘This bodybuilder admits that the cost concerns him, but he appears less worried about the health risks.’
    • ‘What concerns me, personally, is when the US presence in Iraq will actually wind up.’
    • ‘This concerns us because people are drinking too much alcohol before they even come out.’
    • ‘My teammate was faster than I was at the start, but this did not concern me, and it didn't worry the team either.’
    • ‘What concerns the people most is the economy, which is reeling from the years-long slump.’
    • ‘The bigger, more complex picture on delays concerns people who have to wait to get their first appointment, before they even get on a waiting list.’
    • ‘You are so concerned about it that the worry is causing the problem in and of itself.’
    • ‘Still, the fact that enough other papers all but glossed over his troubles concerns me.’
    • ‘You understand the patient is concerned and upset by what they are seeing or hearing.’
    • ‘Next to a war with Iraq and a terrorist threat, immigration is the thing which concerns the people of this country most.’
    • ‘There's something sad I can't write about because it concerns a person who might read it.’
    worry, disturb, trouble, bother, perturb, unsettle, make anxious, distress, upset, agitate, cause disquiet to, disquiet
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  • 1[mass noun] Anxiety; worry.

    ‘Carole gazed at her with concern’
    • ‘Of particular concern are possible perturbations induced by the probes.’
    • ‘He was speaking in the wake of growing concern by holidaymakers worried about what will happen when the conflict begins in earnest.’
    • ‘And when they cross the finishing line in front, concern and worry give way to exultation, binding you even closer to such heroes.’
    • ‘Danni's eyes fluttered open and she saw Kevin's blue eyes full of concern and worry.’
    • ‘Foley says this news will eliminate any concerns local people have about the local water supply for the future.’
    • ‘When the four reached their own no decompression limit, their concern developed into full-blown anxiety.’
    • ‘Rachel's eyes drifted to Samantha's and she just melted in the pool of concern and worry in them.’
    • ‘There were concerns the ban would affect in-car radio kits involving handsets used by Gardaí and other emergency services.’
    • ‘However the incident has caused a great deal of concern and unease in the area.’
    • ‘If I don't do something soon I'm going to be getting letters voicing concern and worry that I've not been in contact.’
    • ‘He gripped her shoulders and made her face him, his concern turning to worry.’
    • ‘The news has been met with concern from Ford employees worried about transport links if they are moved out of town.’
    • ‘He looked up at his son; both pairs of identical eyes held concern and worry.’
    • ‘Dan felt a pang of concern for his wingmate, who sounded much less than her usually confident self.’
    • ‘However, the speed in which the disease is spreading in Taiwan is still a reason for concern and worry.’
    • ‘Adam stopped his tirade suddenly and looked in Hoss's eyes, where he saw only concern and worry.’
    • ‘It continues to be a source of concern and unease for much of the nation.’
    • ‘Well, I think that we have to have that deep concern, that anxiety and that's what it is.’
    • ‘We are naturally watching with some concern and care and anxiety what is occurring in your country.’
    • ‘Evelyn turned to me, her eyes full of concern and worry as she rubbed my back gently.’
    solicitude, consideration, solicitousness, care, sympathy, thought, regard, caringness
    anxiety, worry, disquiet, disquietude, apprehension, apprehensiveness, unease, uneasiness, perturbation, consternation, distress, agitation
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A cause of anxiety or worry.
      ‘environmental concerns’
      • ‘At a meeting of the council's planning committee last week, Kelsey and Eden Park councillor Peter Dean raised safety concerns.’
      • ‘This week Professor Hay will attend an inquest in Leeds into his wife's death at which he hopes to raise concerns about the safety of the drug.’
      • ‘While the traffic police defend the move as a necessity, traffic engineers raise safety concerns stating that it may damage the structure.’
      • ‘Environmental and safety concerns have spurred opposition in some coastal communities.’
      • ‘Gravesend manager Andy Ford has no fresh injury concerns or suspensions to worry about.’
      • ‘The offence was certainly a serious one, and one that raises considerable concerns for the safety of the community.’
      • ‘Traffic troubles in front of the new Richmond High have raised safety concerns as well as irritated drivers.’
      • ‘This incident raises fresh concerns over safety, and public access to the water's edge.’
      • ‘This policy was changed earlier this year, when a fire across the road from the school raised significant safety concerns.’
      • ‘He claimed there was less than half a mile between the end of the runway and houses at the Horsforth end and that an extension could raise safety concerns.’
      • ‘Children are of course the major concern for those worried about the effects of violence in the media.’
      • ‘It has no impact upon the serious traffic and road safety concerns raised by Transport for London, or any of the other planning considerations.’
      • ‘The local concern group says it is not satisfied the environmental concerns were raised in reports.’
      • ‘If there is a prima facie case that raises serious concerns about patient safety, the student should be suspended until the matter is resolved.’
      • ‘Controversial plans to merge two primary schools were met with opposition as worried parents raised concerns over their children's safety.’
      • ‘When environmental concerns were initially raised, early on, Government turned a deaf ear.’
      • ‘Honda maintains a focus on the safety and environmental concerns now drawing attention worldwide.’
      • ‘This is the main concern worrying the economic strategists of the Russian ruling elite.’
      • ‘Under the present rules mobile phone masts have been located in areas that have caused local, environmental and safety concerns.’
      • ‘Herndon residents say the public loitering is driving down property values and raises safety concerns.’
      affair, issue, matter, question, consideration
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  • 2A matter of interest or importance to someone.

    ‘housing is the concern of the Housing Executive’
    [mass noun] ‘the prospect should be of concern to us all’
    • ‘The time taken to prepare such schemes was naturally a matter of concern to people affected.’
    • ‘Tea terminology is a matter of concern to tea drinkers and also to cooks who are using tea as a flavouring.’
    • ‘The main concerns involved case work and the high number of instances where the prosecutors decided to drop proceedings.’
    • ‘But the law is in the first place a social matter, and its concern is other than the interest of the parties to a trial.’
    • ‘Was it possible to report those facts, which at least arguably are matters of legitimate public concern or interest?’
    • ‘The matter is the concern of the Forestry Department, which has to start taking responsible action.’
    • ‘His primary concern and his main interest was to see the Bachelor's Walk development proceed.’
    • ‘Whether members are happy with a reply or unhappy with it is not a matter of concern to me.’
    • ‘Cutler's chief concern related to the separation of powers principle.’
    • ‘One of the most important areas of concern to a sheep farmer is lamb survivability.’
    • ‘If there is anything in these allegations, should that be a matter of concern to Christian people?’
    • ‘We will welcome your input on matters of concern to your community.’
    • ‘The legal implications of all these matters have been the concern of administrative law.’
    • ‘It comes to him as a surprise that these signs should be a matter of concern to any one of the crafts of men.’
    • ‘Not that it matters if our concern with knowledge is scientific or artistic.’
    • ‘These voters have lost trust that our majors consider the overall public interest as their bottom-line concern.’
    • ‘Naturally, the time taken by an operating authority to prepare flood defence schemes is a matter of concern to those in affected areas.’
    • ‘There was no twentieth century concern for separating religion and the public school system.’
    • ‘Compare the duration of this discussion with the time allocated to matters of concern to the general public.’
    • ‘It is obvious that our children's needs and concerns extend over the whole spectrum of issues which are of concern to adults in our communities.’
    responsibility, business, affair, charge, duty, job, task, occupation
    interest, importance
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  • 3A business.

    ‘the town's only travel agent was a small, debt-ridden concern’
    • ‘It had denied outright that it illegally received any money from business concerns.’
    • ‘There has been a massive turnover in the ownership of Manorhamilton business concerns in the past three decades.’
    • ‘The land and its people that produce and process the products, form the organisation's business concerns.’
    • ‘This domination of local producers by global business concerns is aided by the fact that transport costs have been dramatically reduced.’
    • ‘Today, the business remains a family concern, with three generations taking the lead alongside a four-strong workforce.’
    • ‘As a result, the city's firms and larger business concerns will reap sums reaching into the tens of millions.’
    • ‘I don't think there is anything more attractive about the sandwich business than other food concerns.’
    • ‘There were no offers to buy the ice factory and on the 5th of July 1886 an auction was held for the concern, only three people turned up and there was no purchase bids.’
    • ‘The state of the shop fronts, both local businesses and national concerns, in the High Street and the other main streets, leaves much to be desired.’
    • ‘Even the established business concerns in Vincent and adjacent to Western Avenue could make an effort to those concerned to clean up the area.’
    • ‘The owner now wishes to sell the concern due to other business interests.’
    • ‘How big does a business or a concern have to be though to get that bottom line impact?’
    • ‘Business concerns tend to replace regular workers with temporary ones to save labor costs.’
    • ‘Corporate entertaining for the August festival is almost sold out to many leading local business concerns.’
    • ‘The house became a business concern in 1995 after the death of the sixth Marquess.’
    • ‘If there are alternate energy sources out there you can bet these business concerns will do everything they can to keep the oil flowing and king.’
    • ‘One would think that if private persons and business concerns cannot own these things, the state will do so.’
    • ‘Numerous German business concerns and banks are already participating or negotiating investments.’
    company, business, firm, enterprise, venture, organization, operation, undertaking, Industry, corporation, establishment, house, shop, office, bureau, agency, franchise, practice, partnership, consortium, cooperative, conglomerate, group, combine, syndicate
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  • 4informal, dated A complicated or awkward object.


  • as (or so) far as —— is concerned

    • As regards the interests or case of ——

      ‘the measures are irrelevant as far as inflation is concerned’
      • ‘But I never plan the future so far as my private life is concerned.’
      • ‘He has also admitted employing someone at the petrol station, who was in receipt of family credit, or income support, but that is irrelevant so far as this enquiry is concerned.’
      • ‘Baxter has been used to attracting interest as far as the Scottish game is concerned.’
      • ‘On the other hand, we are less touchy about individual liberties and more prepared to believe that the government knows better as far as the public interest is concerned.’
      • ‘It is, in the middle of a theatrical desert as far as London is concerned, an interesting premise, handled with intelligence and played by a wonderful cast.’
      • ‘I still haven't set goals as far as a long-term career is concerned, but I'm more and more interested in the travel industry.’
      • ‘Of course, as far as India is concerned, the interest does not just lie in the thrills offered by the characters and circumstances.’
      • ‘I have a very high regard, by the way, for Professor Tribe, so far as his legal opinion is concerned, and I'm certainly happy to debate him on the legal issues.’
      • ‘But as far as Francis is concerned - he already has international interest.’
      • ‘For me this traffic warden scheme is probably the final nail in the coffin as far as Burnley is concerned regards shopping.’
  • have no concern with

    • formal Have nothing to do with.

      ‘drama seemed to have no concern with ‘truth’ at all’
      • ‘The court has no concern with the manner in which Parliament or its officers carrying out its standing orders perform these functions.’
      • ‘Has he no higher a status than that or a message-carrier or a postman who, after delivering the letter, has no concern with it whatsoever?’
      • ‘Since most members of Unison work for organisations such as local authorities, which have no concern with profit and loss, employers cannot be hit where it most hurts.’
      • ‘I have no concern with clause 86, but clause 86, I think, actually raises something that the Primary Production Committee may have missed, and I think the Minister should concentrate on this.’
      • ‘And if we're not talking about the Internet, I really have no concern with what cable does on their wires.’
      • ‘They have no concern with anything but the destruction of the West.’
      • ‘She stated that she had no concern with David using the oven then but has now because he forgets when he takes his medication.’
      • ‘I had no concern with what baseball statistics are… I was concerned with what the statistics mean.’
      • ‘Ordinarily the Gazette has no concern with outside news, but because this was an occasion which weighed heavily on our hearts and on the hearts of all mankind we wanted to take some notice of it.’
      • ‘Emerson had no concern with the ICC taking Broad out of the series with Zimbabwe with Murali's action still under review, as ‘there is a potential for a conflict of interest’.’
  • to whom it may concern

    • Used at the beginning of a letter, notice, or testimonial when the identity of the reader or readers is unknown.

      • ‘To whom it may concern - I am feeling a bit alienated right now; I know who I am, but others do not listen.’
      • ‘Dear to whom it may concern, I'm an American who just read your article on your website via, An Ameican website.’
      • ‘Placed under house arrest in Salé, he regained his freedom only in May 2000 by order of Mohammed VI and immediately made public his second address: ‘Memorandum to whom it may concern.’’


Late Middle English: from French concerner or late Latin concernere (in medieval Latin be relevant to), from con- (expressing intensive force) + cernere sift, discern.