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CONCERN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does concern mean? 

CONCERN (noun)
  The noun CONCERN has 5 senses:

1. something that interests you because it is important or affects you
2. an anxious feeling
3. a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
4. something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
5. a feeling of sympathy for someone or something

  Familiarity information: CONCERN used as a noun is common.


CONCERN (verb)
  The verb CONCERN has 2 senses:

1. have to do with or be relevant to
2. be on the mind of

  Familiarity information: CONCERN used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONCERN (noun)


Sense 1concern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that interests you because it is important or affects you

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

the safety of the ship is the captain's concern

Hypernyms ("concern" is a kind of...):

interest; involvement (a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "concern"):

earth; earthly concern; world; worldly concern (the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife)

affair; matter; thing (a vaguely specified concern)

affairs; personal business; personal matters (matters of personal concern)

part (in so far as the actor specified is concerned)

point of honor (a concern that seriously reflects on your honor)


Sense 2concern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An anxious feeling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

fear; concern; care

Context examples:

care had aged him / they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction

Hypernyms ("concern" is a kind of...):

anxiety (a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune)


Sense 3concern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

business; business concern; business organisation; business organization; concern

Context examples:

he bought his brother's business / a small mom-and-pop business / a racially integrated business concern

Hypernyms ("concern" is a kind of...):

enterprise (an organization created for business ventures)

Meronyms (members of "concern"):

division (an administrative unit in government or business)

Domain category:

business; business enterprise; commercial enterprise (the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects)

Domain member category:

shipping room (a room where goods are packaged and shipped)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "concern"):

underperformer (a business that is less successful than expected)

shipbuilder (a business that builds and repairs ships)

processor (a business engaged in processing agricultural products and preparing them for market)

partnership (the members of a business venture created by contract)

maker; manufacturer; manufacturing business (a business engaged in manufacturing some product)

dealership; franchise (a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area)

business firm; firm; house (the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments)

chain (a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership)

carrier; common carrier (a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages)

brokerage (the business of a broker; charges a fee to arrange a contract between two parties)

agency (a business that serves other businesses)


Sense 4concern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

headache; worry; vexation; concern

Context examples:

New York traffic is a constant concern / it's a major worry

Hypernyms ("concern" is a kind of...):

negative stimulus (a stimulus with undesirable consequences)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "concern"):

business (a rightful concern or responsibility)

burden; encumbrance; incumbrance; load; onus (an onerous or difficult concern)

bugaboo (a source of concern)


Sense 5concern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of sympathy for someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Context example:

She felt strong concern for those less fortunate

Hypernyms ("concern" is a kind of...):

fellow feeling; sympathy (sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "concern"):

solicitousness; solicitude (a feeling of excessive concern)

softheartedness; tenderness (a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless))

Antonym:

unconcern (a feeling of lack of concern)


CONCERN (verb)


Sense 1concern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have to do with or be relevant to

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

bear on; concern; pertain; come to; refer; relate; touch on; touch

Context examples:

There were lots of questions referring to her talk / My remark pertained to your earlier comments

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "concern"):

center; center on; concentrate on; focus on; revolve about; revolve around (center upon)

apply; go for; hold (be pertinent or relevant or applicable)

affect; involve; regard (connect closely and often incriminatingly)

interest; matter to (be of importance or consequence)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2concern [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be on the mind of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

concern; interest; worry; occupy

Context example:

I worry about the second Germanic consonant

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will concern him


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