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



    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrn//
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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 giving serious cause for concern. compare unconcern
  2. desire to protect
  3. 2  [uncountable] a desire to protect and help somebody/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 See related entries: Running a business
  10. Word Originlate 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 He demonstrated genuine concern for others. He felt some concern for her safety. How much we paid is none of your concern. I have other, more pressing concerns. I was surprised by her lack of concern. Increased use of drugs is of great concern to parents. Out of concern for her health, we suggested she take a week off work. Practical necessity overrides any other concerns. She expressed her deep concern about conditions at the factory. She forgot her own worries in her concern for him. The lack of firefighting equipment has caused concern. The president’s health is giving serious cause for concern. There is particular concern about the use of pesticides. They sold the business as a going concern. This new technology brings with it security concerns. a common concern for new parents a successful publishing concern public concern about increased taxes Censorship reflects the social concerns and even fears of society and government at the time. Environmental concerns have been thrust to the head of the party agenda. I appreciate everyone’s concern and help at this difficult time. She hasn’t been seen for four days and there is concern for her safety. The government’s primary concern is to reduce crime. The overriding concern of the organizers is the safety of the participants. The scheme has been set up by a major publishing concern. parents’ concern for their childrenIdioms a business or an activity that is making a profit and is expected to continue to do well He sold the cafe as a going concern.
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