American English

Definition of concerned adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1worried and feeling concern about something Concerned parents held a meeting. concerned about/for something The president is deeply concerned about this issue. concerned for something He didn't seem in the least concerned for her safety. concerned (that)… She was concerned that she might miss the turn and get lost. Thesaurusworriedconcerned nervous anxious uneasyThese words all describe feeling unhappy and afraid because you are thinking about unpleasant things that might happen or might have happened.worried thinking about unpleasant things that might happen or might have happened and therefore feeling unhappy and afraidconcerned worried and feeling concern about somethingworried or concerned?Concerned is usually used when you are talking about a problem that affects another person, society, the world, etc., while worried can be used for this or for more personal matters.nervous feeling worried about something or slightly afraid of somethinganxious feeling worried or nervous about somethingworried, nervous, or anxious?Worried is the most frequent word to describe how you feel when you are thinking about a problem or something bad that might happen. Anxious can describe a stronger feeling and is more formal. Nervous is more often used to describe how you feel before you do something very important such as an exam or an interview, or something unpleasant or difficult. Nervous can describe someone's personality:a very nervous manis often or usually nervous;a worried manis worried on a particular occasion or about a particular thing. Worried describes his feelings, not his personality. Anxious may describe feelings or personality.uneasy feeling worried or unhappy about a particular situation, especially because you think something bad may happen or because you are not sure that what you are doing is rightPatterns worried/concerned/nervous/anxious/uneasy about (doing) something worried/concerned/anxious for somebody/something worried/concerned/nervous/anxious that… a(n) worried/concerned/nervous/anxious/uneasy expression/look/smile to get worried/nervous/anxious
  2. 2concerned (about/with something) interested in something They were more concerned with how the others had dressed than with what the speaker was saying. opposite unconcerned
  3. Idioms
    as/so far as I am/I'm concerned
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    used to give your personal opinion on something As far as I'm concerned, you can do whatever you want.
    as/so far as somebody/something is concerned, as/so far as somebody/something goes
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     used to give facts or an opinion about a particular aspect of something She's doing fine as far as French is concerned, it's her German I'm worried about.
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