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[kuh n-surnd] /kənˈsɜrnd/
interested or affected:
concerned citizens.
troubled or anxious:
a concerned look.
having a connection or involvement; participating:
They arrested all those concerned in the kidnapping.
Origin of concerned
1650-60; concern + -ed2
Related forms
[kuh n-sur-nid-lee] /kənˈsɜr nɪd li/ (Show IPA),
concernedness, noun
underconcerned, adjective


[kuh n-surn] /kənˈsɜrn/
verb (used with object)
to relate to; be connected with; be of interest or importance to; affect:
The water shortage concerns us all.
to interest or engage (used reflexively or in the passive, often followed by with or in):
She concerns herself with every aspect of the business.
to trouble, worry, or disquiet:
I am concerned about his health.
something that relates or pertains to a person; business; affair:
Law is the concern of lawyers.
a matter that engages a person's attention, interest, or care, or that affects a person's welfare or happiness:
The party was no concern of his.
worry, solicitude, or anxiety:
to show concern for someone in trouble.
important relation or bearing:
This news is of concern to all of us.
a commercial or manufacturing company or establishment:
the headquarters of an insurance concern.
Informal. any material object or contrivance.
1375-1425; late Middle English concernen (< Middle French concerner) < Medieval Latin concernere to relate to, distinguish (Late Latin: to mix for sifting), equivalent to Latin con- con- + cernere to sift
Related forms
overconcern, noun, verb (used with object)
preconcern, noun, verb (used with object)
self-concern, noun
1. touch, involve. 3. disturb. 5. burden, responsibility. Concern, care, worry connote an uneasy and burdened state of mind. Concern implies an anxious sense of interest in something: concern over a friend's misfortune. Care suggests a heaviness of spirit caused by dread, or by the constant pressure of burdensome demands: Poverty weighs a person down with care. Worry is an active state of agitated uneasiness and restless apprehension: He was distracted by worry over the stock market. 8. firm, house.
6. indifference. Unabridged
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  • One question that was involved concerned happiness of the pigs in the two conditions.
  • There is much more money involved in going with the flow than going against it where global warming is concerned.
  • The parents were concerned about the safety of the park because the sun shines into the eyes of the pitcher.
  • It does not seem too concerned about authenticity, and neither do consumers.
  • But wildlife experts became concerned about the barrier's impact on zebras.
  • We're concerned about using paint that might be toxic or give off fumes.
  • The automakers offering semiautonomous active safety systems primarily have been concerned with developing reliable technology.
  • It may well be more formal than you are used to, particularly where relations with colleagues are concerned.
  • And the managers correctly informed the financial authorities concerned.
  • Astrobiology is a relatively new science concerned with the frequency and nature of life in the universe.
British Dictionary definitions for concerned


(postpositive) interested, guilty, involved, or appropriate: I shall find the boy concerned and punish him
worried, troubled, or solicitous
Derived Forms
concernedly (kənˈsɜːnɪdlɪ) adverb
concernedness, noun


verb (transitive)
to relate to; be of importance or interest to; affect
usually foll by with or in. to involve or interest (oneself): he concerns himself with other people's affairs
something that affects or is of importance to a person; affair; business
regard for or interest in a person or a thing: he felt a strong concern for her
anxiety, worry, or solicitude
important bearing or relation: his news has great concern for us
a commercial company or enterprise
(informal) a material thing, esp one of which one has a low opinion
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin concernere to mingle together, from Latin com- together + cernere to sift, distinguish
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Word Origin and History for concerned



early 15c., "perceive, distinguish," also "refer to, relate to," from Middle French concerner, from Medieval Latin concernere "concern, touch, belong to," figurative use of Late Latin concernere "to sift, mix, as in a sieve," from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + cernere "to sift," hence "perceive, comprehend" (see crisis). Apparently the sense of the prefix shifted to intensive in Medieval Latin. Meaning "worry" is 17c. Related: Concerned; concerning. Letter opening to whom it may concern attested by 1740.


1580s, from concern (v.).

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