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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.

concernnoun

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 British English

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concernverb

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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concernnoun

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: [+ to infinitive] His concern to appear sophisticated amused everyone. 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"concern" in Business English

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concernnoun

uk   /kənˈsɜːn/ us  
[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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