American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To have to do with or relate to: an article that concerns the plight of homeless people.
- v. To be of interest or importance to: This problem concerns all of us.
- v. To engage the attention of; involve: We concerned ourselves with accomplishing the task at hand.
- v. To cause anxiety or uneasiness in: The firm's weak financial posture is starting to concern its stockholders.
- v. Obsolete To be of importance.
- n. A matter that relates to or affects one. See Synonyms at affair.
- n. Regard for or interest in someone or something.
- n. A troubled or anxious state of mind arising from solicitude or interest. See Synonyms at anxiety.
- n. A business establishment or enterprise; a firm.
- n. A contrivance; a gadget.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To relate or pertain to; have an intimate relation to or connection with.
- To affect the interest of; have interest for; be of importance to.
- To interest; busy; occupy; engage: used reflexively or in the passive voice: as, to concern one's self in the affairs of others; I was not concerned in that transaction.
- To disturb; make uneasy or anxious; cause disquiet to; trouble: generally in the past participle: as, to be deeply concerned about the safety of a friend.
- To confuse with drink; slightly intoxicate: in the past participle.
- Synonyms To interest, touch, affect.
- n. That which relates or pertains to one; matter of concernment; business; affair.
- n. Interest; matter of importance; that which affects one's welfare or happiness.
- n. Solicitous regard; solicitude; anxiety; agitation or uneasiness of mind; disturbed state of feeling; trouble.
- n. An establishment or firm for the transaction of business; a manufacturing or commercial establishment; a business house.
- n. A material object, especially one that is complicated or large; a contrivance: with a touch of depreciation.
- n. Synonyms Solicitude, etc. (see care); Concern at, about, for (see unconcerned); carefulness, thoughtfulness.
- n. That which affects one's welfare or happiness
- n. The expression of solicitude, anxiety, or compassion toward a thing or person.
- n. A business, firm or enterprise; a company.
- v. transitive To be of importance to.
- v. transitive To make somebody worried.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To relate or belong to; to have reference to or connection with; to affect the interest of; to be of importance to.
- v. To engage by feeling or sentiment; to interest.
- v. obsolete To be of importance.
- n. That which relates or belongs to one; business; affair.
- n. That which affects the welfare or happiness; interest; moment.
- n. Interest in, or care for, any person or thing; regard; solicitude; anxiety.
- n. (Com.) Persons connected in business; a firm and its business.
- n. something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
- v. be on the mind of
- n. a feeling of sympathy for someone or something
- n. an anxious feeling
- n. something that interests you because it is important or affects you
- v. be relevant to
- n. a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
- From Medieval Latin concernere ("to distinguish, to have respect to"), combined form of con- + cernō ("distinguish") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English concernen, from Old French concerner, from Medieval Latin concernere, from Late Latin, to mingle together : Latin com-, com- + Latin cernere, to sift; see krei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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