con|cern1 [ kən`sɜrn ] noun ***
▸ 1 feeling of worry
▸ 2 something you think important
▸ 3 feeling you care for someone
▸ 4 a responsibility
▸ 5 a business
1. ) uncount a feeling of worry about something, especially one that a lot of people have about an important issue:
concern about/over/at: Many people expressed concern over moves to restore the death penalty.
There's a lot of public concern about modern farming methods.
concern that: There is some concern that the country may slide into civil war.
express/voice concern: Many people have voiced concern over the proposed changes in the law.
cause concern/be a cause for concern: Her doctor said her condition was causing concern.
growing/widespread concern: There is growing concern about the safety of cell phones.
a matter of concern (=something that makes people feel worried): The issue of alcohol-related crime is becoming a matter of great concern.
a ) count something that worries you:
Landfill sites raise some important environmental concerns.
main/major concern: Eighteen percent of people said unemployment was their main concern.
raise/express/voice concerns: Many doctors have raised concerns about the drug.
2. ) count or uncount something that you think is important:
My only concern is to find my daughter.
main/primary/major concern: Our primary concern is to give our clients a professional service.
3. ) uncount a feeling that you care about someone and want them to be happy and well:
concern for: He showed a complete lack of concern for the children's welfare.
genuine concern: Are you alright? she said with genuine concern.
4. ) singular always in negatives if something is not your concern, you are not responsible for it and do not need to become involved in it:
His private life is no concern of ours.
a ) if something is your concern, you are responsible for it and have to deal with it:
If those children are skipping school then that is the parents' concern.
5. ) count a business:
a large concern employing 600 people
of concern to someone
if something is of concern to you, you think it is important and you feel worried about it:
of major/great concern: It's an issue of major concern to employers.
con|cern 2 [ kən`sɜrn ] verb transitive ***
1. ) never passive to worry someone:
It concerns me that these people are not getting the support they need.
We want to know about the issues that concern you, the voters.
2. ) never passive to be about a particular subject:
The story concerns a man who was a friend of mine.
3. ) never progressive to involve or affect someone:
My past doesn't concern you.
These changes concern everyone who has school-age children.
concern yourself
to pay attention to something because it is important or because it worries you:
concern yourself with: I'm too busy to concern myself with such trivial matters.
concern yourself about: There's nothing in the doctor's report to concern yourself about.
to whom it may concern FORMAL
used for beginning a very formal letter that is not written to a particular person

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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