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concern

Noun

1 something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"
2 an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction" [syn: care, fear]
3 a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; "he bought his brother's business"; "a small mom-and-pop business"; "a racially integrated business concern" [syn: business, business concern, business organization, business organisation]
4 something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry" [syn: worry, headache, vexation]
5 a feeling of sympathy for someone or something; "She felt strong concern for those less fortunate" [ant: unconcern]

Verb

1 have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments" [syn: refer, pertain, relate, come to, bear on, touch, touch on]
2 be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic consonant" [syn: interest, occupy, worry]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From concernere.

Noun

  1. That which affects one's welfare or happiness
    Mark's health was of great concern to Connie.
  2. The expression of solicitude, anxiety, or compassion toward a thing or person.
    He placed his hand on his sister's sunburnt legs with great concern.
  3. A business, firm or enterprise; a company.
    The employees' attitude is really hurting the concern.

Translations

that which affects one's welfare or happiness
business, firm or enterprise; a company
  • Czech: koncern
  • Dutch: aangelegenheid, onderneming

Verb

  1. To be of importance to.
  2. To make somebody worried.

Translations

to be of importance to
to make somebody worried

Extensive Definition

A concern is "a commercial or manufacturing company or establishment: the headquarters of an insurance concern."

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