• (GA) IPA: /kənˈsɝn/
  • (RP) IPA: /kənˈsɜːn/


  1. That which affects one’s welfare or happiness. A matter of interest to someone. The adposition before the matter of interest is usually over, about or for.
    Mark’s health was of great concern to Connie.
    Most people in Australia have no concern for the recent events in London.
    Judy's eyes filled with concern as she listened to the news report.
  2. The expression of solicitude, anxiety, or compassion toward a thing or person.
  3. A business, firm or enterprise; a company.
    • 2001 November 18, “What the Muslim World Is Watching ↗,” The New York Times (retrieved 26 July 2014):
      Soon after he ascended the throne, an Arabic television joint venture between the BBC and a Saudi concern, Orbit Communications, foundered over the BBC’s insistence on editorial independence.
    The employees’ attitude is really hurting the concern.
  4. (programming) Any set of information that affects the code of a computer program.
    • 2006, Awais Rashid, Mehmet Aksit, Transactions on Aspect-Oriented Software Development II, page 148:
      At the programming level, an aspect is a modular unit that implements a concern.
  • (that which affects one’s welfare or happiness) interest
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concern (concerns, present participle concerning; past and past participle concerned)

  1. (transitive) To relate or belong to; to have reference to or connection with; to affect the interest of; to be of importance to.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Acts of the Apostles xxviii. 31
      Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • 1708, Joseph Addison, The Present State of the War, and the Necessity of an Augmentation
      our wars with France have always affected us in our most tender interests, and concerned us more than those we have had with any other nation
    • ignorant, so far as the usual instruction is concerned
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
      As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  2. (transitive) To engage by feeling or sentiment; to interest.
    A good prince concerns himself in the happiness of his subjects.
    • They think themselves out the reach of Providence, and no longer concerned to solicit his favour.
  3. (transitive) To make somebody worried.
    I’m concerned that she’s becoming an alcoholic.
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