1. uncountable noun [N that] Concern is worry about a situation. [+ about] ⇒ The group has expressed concern about reports of political violence in Africa. [+ over] ⇒ 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. [V n that] ⇒ It concerned her that Bess was developing a crush on Max.
graded adjective & adjective [usu v-link ADJ, ADJ that] ⇒ I've been concerned about you lately. [+ for] ⇒ We're naturally concerned for our daughter's safety. ⇒ Academics and employers are deeply concerned that students are not sufficiently prepared mathematically for university courses. ⇒ ...a phone call from a concerned neighbor. [Also + about] 3. countable noun [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. variable noun Someone's concern with something is their feeling that it is important. [+ with] ⇒ ...a story that illustrates how dangerous excessive concern with safety can be. 5. countable noun [usu with poss] Someone's concerns are the things that they consider to be important. [+ of] ⇒ Feminism must address issues beyond the concerns of middle-class whites. 6. variable noun [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. [+ for] ⇒ 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] ⇒ I didn't concern myself with politics. [V pron-refl with n] ⇒ He would concern himself solely with the plight of the hostages. concerned
graded adjective & adjective [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] ⇒ Chapter 2 concerns itself with the methodological difficulties. concerned
adjective [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.
adjective [n ADJ] ⇒ It's a very stressful situation for everyone concerned. [+ in] ⇒ I believe he was concerned in all those matters you mention. [Also + with] 10. singular noun [with poss] If a situation or problem is your concern, it is something that you have a duty or responsibility to be involved with. [+ of] ⇒ 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. countable noun 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] ⇒ If not a large concern, Queensbury Nursery was at least a successful one.
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