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1‘the report concerns events which took place immediately after the end of the war’
be about, deal with, cover, treat, have to do with
discuss, tell of, go into, examine, scrutinize, study, review, analyse
relate to, be connected with, pertain to, appertain to
2‘that doesn't concern you, so it's best you don't know’
affect, be the business of, involve, be relevant to, apply to, pertain to, have a bearing on, bear on, impact on
be of importance to, be important to, interest, be of interest to
3‘I'm too busy to concern myself with your affairs’
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
4‘the only thing that concerns me is that Tom might be upset’
worry, disturb, trouble, bother, perturb, unsettle, make anxious, distress, upset, agitate, cause disquiet to, disquiet
1‘Katie's voice was full of concern’
anxiety, worry, disquiet, disquietude, apprehension, apprehensiveness, unease, uneasiness, perturbation, consternation, distress, agitation
North American archaic worriment
serenity, peace of mind
2‘part of his attraction is his true concern for others’
solicitude, consideration, solicitousness, care, sympathy, thought, regard, caringness
3‘housing is the concern of the Housing Executive’
responsibility, business, affair, charge, duty, job, task, occupation
area of activity, area of interest, province, preserve, department, sphere
problem, worry, lookout
informal pigeon, baby, bag, funeral, headache, bailiwick
4‘the question of how the mass media treats issues that are of concern to women’
be relevant to, have relevance for, have a bearing on, be applicable to
5‘public awareness of Aboriginal concerns’
affair, issue, matter, question, consideration
6‘a publishing concern’
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
informal outfit, set-up
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