concern - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] 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:

    Doctors said her condition was causing concern.

    growing/widespread concern:

    There is growing concern about the safety of mobile phones.

    a matter of concern (=something that makes people feel worried):

    The issue of alcohol-related crime is becoming a matter of great concern.

    1. a.
      [countable] something that worries you
      concern about/over:

      The trip was cancelled because of concerns about safety.

      raise/express/voice concerns:

      Many doctors have raised concerns about the drug.

      deep/grave concerns:

      The changes have raised deep concerns in the local community.

      main/major concern:

      Eighteen percent of people said unemployment was their main concern.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] 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 practical care.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] 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. 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.

    1. a.
      [singular] if something is your concern, you are responsible for it and have to deal with it

      If children are missing school then that is the parents’ concern.