concern ( concerns plural & 3rd person present) ( concerning present participle) ( concerned past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Concern is worry about a situation.
oft N prep, N that
The group has expressed concern about reports of political violence in Africa..., The move follows growing public concern over the spread of the disease..., There is no cause for concern.
2 verb If something concerns you, it worries you.
The growing number of people seeking refuge in Thailand is beginning to concern Western aid agencies... V n
It concerned her that Bess was developing a crush on Max. it V n that
concerned adj usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ about/for n, ADJ that
Academics and employers are deeply concerned that students are not sufficiently prepared mathematically for university courses., ...a phone call from a concerned neighbor.
3 n-count A concern is a fact or situation that worries you.
usu with poss
His concern was that people would know that he was responsible..., Unemployment was the electorate's main concern.
4 n-var Someone's concernwith something is their feeling that it is important.
oft N with n
...a story that illustrates how dangerous excessive concern with safety can be.
5 n-count Someone's concerns are the things that they consider to be important.
usu with poss
Feminism must address issues beyond the concerns of middle-class whites.
6 n-var Concernfor someone is a feeling that you want them to be happy, safe, and well. If you do something out of concernfor someone, you do it because you want them to be happy, safe, and well.
oft poss N
Without her care and concern, he had no chance at all..., He had only gone along out of concern for his two grandsons.
7 verb If you concernyourself with something, you give it attention because you think that it is important.
I didn't concern myself with politics... V pron-refl with n
concerned adj v-link ADJ with n
The agency is more concerned with making arty ads than understanding its clients' businesses.
8 verb If something such as a book or a piece of information concerns a particular subject, it is about that subject.
The bulk of the book concerns Sandy's two middle-aged children... V n
Chapter 2 concerns itself with the methodological difficulties. V pron-refl with n
concerned adj v-link ADJ with n
Randolph's work was exclusively concerned with the effects of pollution on health.
9 verb If a situation, event, or activity concerns you, it affects or involves you.
It was just a little unfinished business from my past, and it doesn't concern you at all. V n
concerned adj n ADJ, v-link ADJ in/with n
It's a very stressful situation for everyone concerned..., I believe he was concerned in all those matters you mention.
10 n-sing If a situation or problem is your concern, it is something that you have a duty or responsibility to be involved with.
The technical aspects were the concern of the Army..., I would be glad to get rid of them myself. But that is not our concern.
11 n-count You can refer to a company or business as a concern, usually when you are describing what type of company or business it is.
FORMAL, BUSINESS oft supp N
If not a large concern, Queensbury Nursery was at least a successful one.
12 You can say `as far as I'm concerned ' to indicate that you are giving your own opinion.
as far as I'm concerned phrase PHR with cl
As far as I'm concerned the officials incited the fight.
13 You can say as far as something is concerned to indicate the subject that you are talking about.
as far as sth is concerned/where sth is concerned phrase PHR with cl
As far as starting a family is concerned, the trend is for women having their children later in life.
14 If a company is a going concern, it is actually doing business, rather than having stopped trading or not yet having started trading. (BUSINESS)
going concern phrase N inflects, oft as PHR, v-link PHR
The receivers will always prefer to sell a business as a going concern.
15 If something is of concernto someone, they find it worrying and unsatisfactory.
of concern phrase oft PHR to n
Any injury to a child is a cause of great concern to us..., The survey's findings are a matter of great concern.
16 If something is of concernto you, it is important to you.
of concern phrase oft PHR to n How they are paid should be of little concern to the bank as long as they are paid.
2 adj If you are concerned to do something, you want to do it because you think it is important.
v-link ADJ to-inf
We were very concerned to keep the staff informed about what we were doing.