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Definition of concern verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    concern

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they concern
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrn//
     
    he / she / it concerns
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrnz//
     
    past simple concerned
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrnd//
     
    past participle concerned
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrnd//
     
    -ing form concerning
    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrnɪŋ//
     
     
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    affect/involve
  1. 1  [often passive] concern somebody/something to affect somebody/something; to involve somebody/something Don't interfere in what doesn't concern you. The loss was a tragedy for all concerned (= all those affected by it). Where our children's education is concerned, no compromise is acceptable. The individuals concerned have some explaining to do. To whom it may concern(= used for example, at the beginning of a public notice or of a job reference about somebody’s character and ability) Everyone who was directly concerned in (= had some responsibility for) the incident has now resigned. Please pay attention because this information concerns all of you.
  2. be about
  3. 2  concern something (also be concerned with something) to be about something The story concerns the prince's efforts to rescue Pamina. The book is primarily concerned with Soviet-American relations during the Cold War. This chapter concerns itself with the historical background. One major difference between these computers concerns the way in which they store information.
  4. worry somebody
  5. 3  to worry somebody concern somebody What concerns me is our lack of preparation for the change. concern somebody that… It concerns me that you no longer seem to care. see also concerned
  6. take an interest
  7. 4concern yourself with/about something to take an interest in something He didn't concern himself with the details.
  8. consider important
  9. 5be concerned to do something (formal) to think it is important to do something She was concerned to write about situations that everybody could identify with.
  10. Word Origin late Middle English: from French concerner or late Latin concernere (in medieval Latin ‘be relevant to’), from con- (expressing intensive force) + cernere ‘sift, discern’.Extra examples Everyone who was directly concerned in the incident has now resigned. Everyone who was directly concerned in= had some responsibility for the incident has now resigned. It really concerns me that he doesn’t eat properly. The letter is for both of us, but it mainly concerns you. Don’t interfere in what doesn’t concern you. The individuals concerned will have some explaining to do. The issue here concerns the way in which lexis and grammar relate to each other. The meetings were often embarrassing for all concerned. The story concerns the prince’s efforts to rescue Pamina. To whom it may concern…. Where our children’s education is concerned, no compromise is acceptable. You shouldn’t be concerned with what they think.Idioms
    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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