Meaning of “concern” in the English Dictionary

"concern" in English

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uk /kənˈsɜːn/ us /kənˈsɝːn/

concern verb (WORRY)

C1 [ T ] to cause worry to someone:

The state of my father's health concerns us greatly.
[ + that ] It concerns me that he hasn't been in contact.

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concern verb (INVOLVE)

B2 [ T ] to be important to someone or to involve someone directly:

Matters of pollution and the environment concern us all.
What I have to say to Amy doesn't concern you.

B2 [ T ] formal If a story, film, or article concerns a particular subject, person, etc., it is about that person or subject:

The documentary concerns a woman who goes to China as a missionary.
concern yourself

to become involved with something, or worried about something:

There's no need for you to concern yourself with what happened.
Don't concern yourself. She'll be home soon.
to whom it may concern

something you write at the start of a formal letter or notice when you do not know exactly who it should be sent to

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uk /kənˈsɜːn/ us /kənˈsɝːn/

concern noun (WORRY)

B2 [ C or U ] a worried or nervous feeling about something, or something that makes you feel worried:

Concern for the safety of the two missing teenagers is growing.
There's a lot of public concern about/over dangerous toxins recently found in food.
[ + that ] My concern is that you're not getting enough work done.

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concern noun (IMPORTANT TO)

B2 [ C or U ] something that is important to you, or the fact of being important:

The company's sole concern is to ensure the safety of its employees.
There's a matter of some concern that I have to discuss with you.

[ C or U ] something that involves or affects you or is important to you:

What were the major concerns of the writers from this period?
I don't want to hear about it - it's no concern of mine!
"What's happening?" "That's none of/not any of your concern."
be of concern

to be important:

The results of the election are of concern to us all.

(Definition of “concern” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"concern" in American English

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concernverb [ T ]

us /kənˈsɜrn/

concern verb [ T ] (WORRY)

to trouble someone with feelings of anxiety; worry:

The loss didn’t bother him, but his team’s confidence concerns him.

concern verb [ T ] (INVOLVE)

to involve someone or something; have to do with:

This is an issue that should concern everyone.

If a story concerns a particular subject, it tells a story about that subject:

The novel concerns the daily life of a family living in a trailer.


us /kənˈsɜrn/

concern noun (BUSINESS)

[ C ] fml a company:

He heads a large concern in the midwest.

concern noun (INVOLVEMENT)

[ U ] a matter of importance esp. because it involves you:

Issues of good and evil are not our primary concern here.
What you do is no concern of mine (= I do not care).

concern noun (WORRY)

[ C/U ] a worried feeling, or a state of anxiety:

[ C ] Parents expressed a lot of concerns about the changes in school policies.

(Definition of “concern” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"concern" in Business English

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[ C ] formal a business or company:

Two of the country's largest steel concerns are considering cuts in production.
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[ U or C ] the fact of feeling worried about something, or something that makes you worry:

concern about/over sth There was a lot of public concern over the new legislation.
Please raise any concerns regarding this decision with your manager.

concernverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈsɜːn/ us

to be important to someone, or to involve or affect someone:

Managers complained that they were spending too much time going to meetings that didn't actually concern them.

to worry someone:

If there are issues which concern you, discuss the matter with a specialist financial adviser.

also be concerned with to be about a particular subject:

Our research is concerned with new forms of work organization.
To whom it may concern

COMMUNICATIONS a phrase you write at the beginning of a formal or public letter when you do not know exactly who it should be sent to

(Definition of “concern” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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You cannot, in the case of displaced persons whose main concern is to return to their homeland, require that the host country integrate them into the labour market.
The question is whether you are willing to lend us an ear when something gives us cause for concern and we urgently need your support.
We must ensure that they are not exposed to unnecessary and unacceptable health risks and acknowledge the public concern on this issue.
One cause for concern in this respect, however, is that this principle will only apply to trade between businesses for the time being.
There is also the definition of a common area of peace and stability, and the concern for rapprochement of peoples by means of a social and cultural partnership.
The problems with cloning concern not only the welfare of animals but also consumer confidence in food that may come from cloned animals.
Obviously, it would be a matter of great concern if someone, whose only offence is to be antagonistic towards an existing regime, were to be the victim of insufferable treatment.
In any case, it is a shared concern, and therefore we must ensure that we provide high-quality training and that there is guidance available.
I wish to assure you that there is concern to ensure the maximum protection of consumers in respect of the consumption of all food, including beef.
The second point of concern is inflation.

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