1) N-UNCOUNT: oft N prep, N that Concern is worry about a situation.

The European Community has expressed concern about reports of political violence in Africa...

The move follows growing public concern over the spread of the disease...

As the militants gather, there is concern that the protest might again run out of control...

There is no cause for concern.

2) VERB: no cont If something concerns you, it worries you.

[V n] The growing number of people seeking refuge in Thailand is beginning to concern Western aid agencies...

[it V n that] It concerned her that Bess was developing a crush on Max.

Derived words:
concerned ADJ-GRADED usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ about/for n, ADJ that

I've been concerned about you lately...

We're naturally concerned for our daughter's safety...

We are deeply concerned that terrorists appear to be targeting roads.

...a phone call from a concerned neighbor.

3) N-COUNT: usu with poss A concern is a fact or situation that worries you.

His concern was that people would know that he was responsible...

Unemployment was the electorate's main concern.

4) N-VAR: oft N with n Someone's concern with something is their feeling that it is important.

...a story that illustrates how dangerous excessive concern with safety can be.

5) N-COUNT: usu with poss Someone's concerns are the things that they consider to be important.

Feminism must address issues beyond the concerns of middle-class whites.

6) N-VAR: oft poss N Concern for someone is a feeling that you want them to be happy, safe, and well. If you do something out of concern for someone, you do it because you want them to be happy, safe, and well.

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 concern yourself with something, you give it attention because you think that it is important.

[V pron-refl with n] I didn't concern myself with politics...

[V pron-refl with n] He would concern himself solely with the plight of the hostages.

Derived words:
concerned ADJ-GRADED v-link ADJ with n

The agency is more concerned with making arty ads than understanding its clients' businesses.

8) VERB: no cont If something such as a book or a piece of information concerns a particular subject, it is about that subject.

[V n] The bulk of the book concerns Sandy's two middle-aged children...

[V pron-refl with n] Chapter 2 concerns itself with the methodological difficulties.

be about
Derived words:
concerned ADJ v-link ADJ with n

Randolph's work was exclusively concerned with the effects of pollution on health.

9) VERB: no cont If a situation, event, or activity concerns you, it affects or involves you.

[V n] It was just a little unfinished business from my past, and it doesn't concern you at all.

Derived words:
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: with poss 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.

affair, business
11) N-COUNT: oft supp N 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]

If not a large concern, Queensbury Nursery was at least a successful one.

12) PHRASE: PHR with cl You can say `as far as I'm concerned' to indicate that you are giving your own opinion.

As far as I'm concerned the officials incited the fight.

13) PHRASE: PHR with cl You can say as far as something is concerned to indicate the subject that you are talking about.

As far as starting a family is concerned, the trend is for women having their children later in life.

14) PHRASE: N inflects, oft as PHR, v-link PHR If a company is a going concern, it is actually doing business, rather than having stopped trading or not yet having started trading.

The receivers will always prefer to sell a business as a going concern.

15) PHRASE: oft PHR to n If something is of concern to someone, they find it worrying and unsatisfactory.

Any injury to a child is a cause of great concern to us...

The survey's findings are a matter of great concern.

16) PHRASE: oft PHR to n If something is of concern to you, it is important to you.

How they are paid should be of little concern to the bank as long as they are paid.

English dictionary. 2008.


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