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Definition of concern noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a feeling of worry, especially one that is shared by many people concern (about something/somebody) There is growing concern about violence on television. In the meeting, voters raised concerns about health care. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any queries or concerns about this work. concern (for something/somebody) She hasn't been seen for four days and there is concern for her safety. concern (over something/somebody) The report expressed concern over continuing high unemployment. concern (that…) There is widespread concern that new houses will be built on protected land. Stress at work is a matter of concern to staff and management. The President's health was a serious cause for concern. compare unconcern
  2. desire to protect
  3. 2[uncountable] a desire to protect and help someone or something parents' concern for their children I appreciate everyone's concern and help at this difficult time.
  4. something important
  5. 3[countable] something that is important to a person, an organization, etc. What are your main concerns as a writer? The government's primary concern is to reduce crime.
  6. responsibility
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] (formal) something that is your responsibility or that you have a right to know about This matter is their concern. How much money I make is none of your concern.
  8. company
  9. 5[countable] a company or business synonym firm a major publishing concern
  10. Idioms
    a going concern
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    a business or an activity that is making a profit and is expected to continue to do well He sold the caféas a going concern.
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