Con·cern, v. i. To be of importance. [Obs.]
Which to deny concerns more than avails. --Shak.
1. That which relates or belongs to one; business; affair.
The private concerns of fanilies. --Addison.
2. That which affects the welfare or happiness; interest; moment.
Mysterious secrets of a high concern. --Roscommon.
3. Interest in, or care for, any person or thing; regard; solicitude; anxiety.
O Marcia, let me hope thy kind concerns
And gentle wishes follow me to battle. --Addison.
4. Com. Persons connected in business; a firm and its business; as, a banking concern.
The whole concern, all connected with a particular affair or business.
Syn: -- Care; anxiety; solicitude; interest; regard; business; affair; matter; moment. See Care.
Con·cern v. t. [imp. & p. p. Concerned p. pr. & vb. n. Concerning.]
1. To relate or belong to; to have reference to or connection with; to affect the interest of; to be of importance to.
Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ. --Acts xxviii. 31.
Our wars with France have affected us in our most tender interests, and concerned us more than those with any other nation. --Addison.
It much concerns a preacher first to learn
The genius of his audience and their turn. --Dodsley.
Ignorant, so far as the usual instruction is concerned. --J. F. Cooper.
2. To engage by feeling or sentiment; to interest; as, a good prince concerns himself in the happiness of his subjects.
They think themselves out the reach of Providence, and no longer concerned to solicit his favor. --Rogers.
n 1: something that interests you because it is important or
affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's
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]
v 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]