1 noun
con‧cern1 S1 W1


a) [uncountable] a feeling of worry about something important:
The recent rise in crime is a matter of considerable public concern.
concern for
our concern for human rights
concern about/over/with
the rise of concern about the environment
the growing concern over inflation
concern with worsening law and order
concern that
increased concern that the war could continue for a long time
be a cause for concern/cause concern
The activities of the far right have been a cause for concern for a while now.
In her last days the poet expressed concern for her father.
b) [countable] something that worries you:
One of the concerns that people have is the side effects of treatment.
Education remains the electorate's main concern.
the concerns expressed by parents

something important

[uncountable and countable] something that is important to you or that involves you:
His main concern is to be able to provide for his family.
concern for
The consumer has become a major concern for this government.
of concern to somebody
topics of concern to television viewers

feeling for somebody

[singular, uncountable] a feeling of wanting someone to be happy and healthy:
He was moved by her obvious concern.
concern for
parents' loving concern for their children

somebody's concern

if something is your concern, you are responsible for it:
The money side of the business is your concern.

not somebody's concern/none of somebody's concern

if something is not your concern, you are not interested in it and you do not need to worry about it or become involved in it:
His affairs were none of her concern.


[countable]BBC a business or company:
The restaurant is a family concern.
We will continue to run the company as a going concern (=a business that is financially successful).

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