Definition of concerning in US English:



  • On the subject of or in connection with; about.

    ‘dreadful stories concerning a horrible beast’
    • ‘They had passed the risk assessments concerning food safety and direct environmental harm.’
    • ‘The faculty is really not subject to much oversight concerning these major changes in direction.’
    • ‘Insofar as you seek to raise arguments concerning that matter, they have no prospect whatever of succeeding.’
    • ‘The government is soon set to make its decisions on how to address guideline prices and other issues concerning the auctioneering business.’
    • ‘Serious meetings are under way concerning the proposals that have been published in the discussion paper.’
    • ‘In a letter of June, 1815, Rossini wrote to a poet concerning a proposed libretto for a new work for Rome.’
    • ‘Eleven states also had proposals concerning this subject on their ballots.’
    • ‘Secondly, I'm interested in matters concerning copyright and intellectual property.’
    • ‘We are asking for more information concerning this camp to be forwarded to us.’
    • ‘I decided to see our local commander concerning this matter and to seek some explanation from him as to the behaviour of this officer.’
    • ‘The courts have been called upon to make similar judgements in a number of cases concerning children.’
    • ‘"The union has many regulations and requirements concerning the free movement of goods and people," he said.’
    • ‘Intellectuals of the era questioned traditional feudal ideas, including those concerning the roles of family members and women's social status.’
    • ‘Further subjects are meant to allow us to engage in more depth with the primary sources and secondary debates concerning a specific subject.’
    • ‘This acceptance was subject to several reservations concerning the supremacy of Community law in Italy.’
    • ‘There was no prior discussion with our authors concerning the content of their essays.’
    • ‘Complex issues concerning the organisational and political aspects of the dialogue are unlikely to be resolved in three days of talks.’
    • ‘If the dealership was removed from the criminal world and placed in its own legal one, there would be more respect for the law concerning other drugs.’
    • ‘Why does everything concerning the subject of love have to be so impossible to figure out?’
    about, regarding, on the subject of, relating to, relevant to, with regard to, as regards, to do with, with reference to, referring to, with respect to, respecting, as to, touching on, in the matter of, in connection with, re, apropos of
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  • Causing anxiety; worrying.

    ‘I find many of the comments very concerning’
    ‘a concerning breach of security’
    • ‘His record and past statements are extremely concerning to me.’
    • ‘While these incidences are currently small in number, they are extremely concerning.’
    • ‘Barrie is the only defenseman with a goal this season - a statistic that's more than concerning.’
    • ‘We are starting to have a concerning rainfall deficit.’
    • ‘There wasn't anything unusual or concerning about the exchange.’
    • ‘She lies to everyone, but most concerning is that she lies to herself.’
    • ‘Previous research found concerning levels of inorganic arsenic linked to rice and rice products.’
    • ‘This is an important and concerning finding, particularly in light of the hours that youth spend playing these games.’
    • ‘This pattern of behaviour is somewhat concerning.’
    • ‘The police department has observed a concerning increase in the numbers of heroin overdoses in the community.’
    alarming, concerning, worrisome, daunting, perturbing, trying, taxing, vexatious, niggling, bothersome, troublesome, unsettling, harassing, harrying, harrowing, nerve-racking
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