Definition of concern in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Relate to; be about.

    ‘the story concerns a friend of mine’
    • ‘this fable is concerned with forgiveness and redemption’
    • ‘Of course, the Today Tonight story was only concerned with the latter issue.’
    • ‘Julian Barnes's new book of short stories is concerned with old age and death.’
    • ‘Shelton is less concerned with telling a story than with finding answers.’
    • ‘In this book we have emphasized that the evangelists are concerned with both the story and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth.’
    • ‘The story is concerned with four students on a preppy campus in California.’
    • ‘More often than not, the 999 Lifesavers stories are concerned with parents and children.’
    • ‘The Jackie Milburn story is more concerned with the man than his time, but there are many similar notes struck.’
    • ‘Bivariate analysis is concerned with the analysis of two variables at a time in order to uncover whether the two variables are related.’
    • ‘Voters in bars and cafes are more concerned with discussing the World Cup and the French Open tennis championships.’
    • ‘In fact, there is a branch of philosophy that is concerned with the study of the nature of knowledge.’
    • ‘The present study was concerned with the effect of SRN on reading acquisition.’
    • ‘The 1950 study was concerned with identifying the main causes of the rise in lung cancer and showed the predominant role of tobacco.’
    • ‘The present study is concerned with the control of expression through mRNA degradation.’
    • ‘The study of plasticity is concerned with the relationship between metal flow and applied stress.’
    • ‘Burma was a British colony and the story is concerned with the British and the Burmese people.’
    • ‘Analysis is concerned with determining the structure and identity of a compound.’
    • ‘It was to be concerned with analyses of all kinds of materials sent in by the Survey's field officers, and it amassed a wealth of sample data.’
    • ‘The final factor is concerned with differences in study design.’
    • ‘The discussion here is concerned with the legal principles, not the role of law as a tool in a wider campaign.’
    • ‘Note, however, that the primary interest of this study is concerned with talent flow.’
    be about, deal with, cover, treat, have to do with
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    1. 1.1Be relevant or important to; affect or involve.
      ‘many thanks to all concerned’
      • ‘they should not pry into what does not concern them’
      • ‘It is so important for all concerned that we know what people do and do not want.’
      • ‘She said the PCT is committed to involving staff and patients in the review and that all concerned parties would be kept informed.’
      • ‘While no definitive solution to the impasse was reached there will be a further meeting of all concerned next week’
      • ‘Well put it this way, this is such uncharted territory for all concerned that none of the parties themselves really know.’
      • ‘To the amazement of all concerned Simon's leukaemia had grown through some of the heaviest drug treatment available.’
      • ‘In the end it's only a teaser. so I'm probably being really unfair to all concerned by nit-picking it to death.’
      • ‘In conclusion I believe that to make this trade safer for all concerned the profession should be legalized.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for all concerned the security of Woolston House was no longer our responsibility.’
      • ‘This is a wonderful achievement for the club and we would like to wish all concerned the very best of luck.’
      • ‘The Minister wishes all concerned every success in the future as they set about this task.’
      • ‘We wish all concerned the very best and let's hope there will be plenty of support from the area.’
      • ‘As well as being a most enjoyable day out for all concerned it also proved to be a very good fundraiser.’
      • ‘His involvement made the event memorable for all concerned.’
      • ‘Police and all concerned parties are working together to bring the culprit or culprits to justice.’
      • ‘All concerned countries will be sucked in, regardless of their subjective wishes.’
      • ‘All concerned proceeded with general indifference to the constitutional issues involved.’
      • ‘Except where it is dishonoured, its clearance involves a minimum of paperwork for all concerned.’
      • ‘Either the rules of the game apply to all concerned, or do not apply at all.’
      • ‘Hey, that is an important issue but it concerns the municipality.’
      • ‘They would not have been concerned with all of the things that Astra said concerned them.’
      affect, be the business of, involve, be relevant to, apply to, pertain to, have a bearing on, bear on, impact on
      interested, involved, affected
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    2. 1.2concern oneself withInterest or involve oneself in.
      ‘we need not concern ourselves with the semantics of this language’
      • ‘Some, such as chambers of commerce, concern themselves with narrowly defined interests.’
      • ‘There is every likelihood of there being something of interest to those who concern themselves with such things, and tourism might be enhanced.’
      • ‘CB has been personally involved with some of the campaigns his newspaper has concerned itself with.’
      • ‘No change to interest rates means no major drama to concern ourselves with.’
      • ‘The first concerns itself with how a person deals with others.’
      • ‘Correctly understood, psychological warfare does not treat home morale or concern itself with public relations involving friendly countries.’
      • ‘The title story, set on the coast a few hours’ drive from Lisbon, concerns itself with two families, one rich and one decidedly not.’
      • ‘The manager who attended the monthly meeting of the Town Council also told the councillors they were not to be concerning themselves with how the Inner Relief Street would be funded.’
      • ‘What we should mainly be concerning ourselves with, though, is the damage we are doing to marriage right now.’
      • ‘If so, it's likely to be an important message, and we ought to be concerning ourselves with how to decode it.’
      • ‘There is no point in my concerning myself with what he is or is not doing.’
      • ‘But to be honest, there's no point in me concerning myself with that.’
      • ‘In the meantime, I'll be concerning myself with more urgent things like surviving deadlines!’
      • ‘The hearing is concerning itself with two ‘test’ cases.’
      • ‘And which, he might have added, is pretty much what the paper spent the '90s concerning itself with.’
      • ‘Trying to patch together a tour teetering on the brink of disaster is what he should be concerning himself with.’
      • ‘This was easily done, since very few outside the asylum concerned themselves with what went on inside.’
      • ‘It's better not to over concern yourself with what could happen in the future because it can make you paranoid, thinking, ‘Oh my God, I'm not getting job offers today.’’
      • ‘What else is there to concern yourself with when it's your life they're playing pawn with?’
      • ‘Assuming those difficulties are overcome, married people must also concern themselves with how they are perceived by others.’
      be associated with, concern oneself with, involve oneself in, involve oneself with, get involved in, get involved with, have something to do with, have dealings with, deal with, handle, be a party to
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    3. 1.3be concerned in formal Have a specific connection with or responsibility for.
      ‘the organs concerned in digestion and in blood-making’
      • ‘Mr Black accepted an undertaking which prevents him from being a director of a company, directly or indirectly, and being concerned in or taking part in the promotion, formation or management of a company for four years.’
      • ‘During 1998 and 1999 both respondents were concerned in the possession and supply of like products.’
      • ‘And the trainer did not forget his back up team at Rosewell House either, adding ‘Many people were concerned in last Tuesday's effort and my staff did a wonderful job with Media Puzzle.’’
      • ‘It was stated that two authorities were concerned in the matter and one would not accept the results of the tests carried out by the other as to the suitability of the water, where there were attested herds.’
      • ‘And of course later on I was concerned in appearing for the Department [of Corrective Services] in some prison riots where the prisoners had been badly bashed.’
      • ‘‘I think these are very, very serious issues as far as the reputation of Ireland is concerned in this matter,’ she told Today FM.’
      • ‘After the arrests, a Greater Manchester police spokesman confirmed: ‘Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.’’
      • ‘She pleaded guilty to being concerned in the production of a controlled drug between September 1, 1999, and March 27, 2000.’
      • ‘They were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 on Wednesday on the suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, the police said. - AFP’
      • ‘The men, aged between 19 and 32, were seized in a series of raids across the country yesterday on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.’
      • ‘Today, we can reveal he is back in England, and will appear before Hull Crown Court next Friday, charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis, conspiracy to supply cannabis, and having an offensive weapon.’
      • ‘The four people arrested are currently being questioned on suspicion of being concerned in the production of ‘skunk’ cannabis, a controlled drug.’
      • ‘Two women were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the management of a brothel and a man, in his 30s, was arrested outside on suspicion of being in possession of a class A drug.’
      • ‘In total ten people, aged in their mid 20s to late 30s, were arrested for possession as well as suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.’
      • ‘Plain clothed and uniformed officers carried out the raid after Burke was arrested outside the house for being concerned in the supply of drugs.’
      • ‘On June 10 both men were found guilty at Croydon Crown Court of being concerned in the production of cannabis.’
      • ‘Both pleaded guilty to being concerned in the organisation or management of unlicensed public entertainment.’
      • ‘These were two accusations of being concerned in the supply of drugs and two of permitting premises to be used for drug supplying.’
      • ‘Have you ever been concerned in the commission, preparation or organisation of genocide or crimes, including crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the course of armed conflict?’
      • ‘The evidence establishes beyond doubt that the appellant lacks those abilities and in that respect cannot be considered a fit person to be concerned in carrying on a residential care home.’
      involve oneself in, interest oneself in, take an interest in, be interested in, be involved in, take a hand in, busy oneself with, occupy oneself with, devote one's time to, bother oneself with, notice, take notice of
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    4. 1.4be concerned withRegard it as important or interesting to do something.
      ‘I was mainly concerned with making something that children could enjoy’
      • ‘I think teenagers dare to be concerned with the most important issues and as they grow older they tend to get jaded.’
      • ‘Here, however, I shall not be concerned with these important nuances.’
      • ‘The first is charismatic leadership which is mainly concerned with carrying the hearts and minds of the people involved in the change.’
      • ‘It drives him to go for broke and do what he would have had no problem doing earlier before he had become concerned with more important things.’
      • ‘He was mainly interested in and concerned with his work, his family, and his church.’
      • ‘In their focus on Jesus they are basically concerned with how he relates to current world views and frameworks of understanding.’
      • ‘The House of Lords there was concerned with the provisions relating to restructuring of companies.’
      • ‘It is fundamentally ontological in nature; that is, it is ultimately concerned with the study of Being.’
      • ‘The ads described the research project as being concerned with factors related to marital life.’
      • ‘Leibniz was also concerned with a related idea, that of the algorithm.’
      • ‘Both Mahmood and Isiko were concerned with review of deportation decisions.’
      • ‘Much of it is concerned with telling the stories of the stories we tell each other.’
      • ‘Why am I more concerned with analysing and understanding human complexes and the way things are than simpler matters?’
      • ‘It is with the latter, more interesting contexts, I think, that we shall be concerned in what follows.’
  • 2Worry (someone); make anxious.

    ‘the roof of the barn concerns me because eventually it will fall in’
    • ‘you must not concern yourself about me’
    • ‘This bodybuilder admits that the cost concerns him, but he appears less worried about the health risks.’
    • ‘Still, the fact that enough other papers all but glossed over his troubles concerns me.’
    • ‘A chance remark by trainer Peter Niven a few weeks ago worried me then, and concerns me even more in retrospect.’
    • ‘If he was concerned there might be trouble, he would purposely avoid drawing attention to me..’
    • ‘I am deeply concerned about the disturbance caused within the parish where I have been working.’
    • ‘You understand the patient is concerned and upset by what they are seeing or hearing.’
    • ‘While both Ellen and Paul were concerned, neither one seemed to be worried by it.’
    • ‘I am concerned that the staff seem to be very worried about the direction that the organisation is taking.’
    • ‘You are so concerned about it that the worry is causing the problem in and of itself.’
    • ‘Obviously, that is extremely worrying in a number of ways, and it should concern us all.’
    • ‘My teammate was faster than I was at the start, but this did not concern me, and it didn't worry the team either.’
    • ‘This concerns us because people are drinking too much alcohol before they even come out.’
    • ‘The bigger, more complex picture on delays concerns people who have to wait to get their first appointment, before they even get on a waiting list.’
    • ‘There's something sad I can't write about because it concerns a person who might read it.’
    • ‘What concerns me, personally, is when the US presence in Iraq will actually wind up.’
    • ‘What concerns the people most is the economy, which is reeling from the years-long slump.’
    • ‘The only way this can be achieved is by addressing the issues that are concerning the people on the street.’
    worry, disturb, trouble, bother, perturb, unsettle, make anxious, distress, upset, agitate, cause disquiet to, disquiet
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  • 1Anxiety; worry.

    ‘such unsatisfactory work gives cause for concern’
    • ‘He was speaking in the wake of growing concern by holidaymakers worried about what will happen when the conflict begins in earnest.’
    • ‘If I don't do something soon I'm going to be getting letters voicing concern and worry that I've not been in contact.’
    • ‘We are naturally watching with some concern and care and anxiety what is occurring in your country.’
    • ‘Well, I think that we have to have that deep concern, that anxiety and that's what it is.’
    • ‘However the incident has caused a great deal of concern and unease in the area.’
    • ‘The news has been met with concern from Ford employees worried about transport links if they are moved out of town.’
    • ‘And when they cross the finishing line in front, concern and worry give way to exultation, binding you even closer to such heroes.’
    • ‘Of particular concern are possible perturbations induced by the probes.’
    • ‘When the four reached their own no decompression limit, their concern developed into full-blown anxiety.’
    • ‘He looked up at his son; both pairs of identical eyes held concern and worry.’
    • ‘It continues to be a source of concern and unease for much of the nation.’
    • ‘Adam stopped his tirade suddenly and looked in Hoss's eyes, where he saw only concern and worry.’
    • ‘Rachel's eyes drifted to Samantha's and she just melted in the pool of concern and worry in them.’
    • ‘Dan felt a pang of concern for his wingmate, who sounded much less than her usually confident self.’
    • ‘Danni's eyes fluttered open and she saw Kevin's blue eyes full of concern and worry.’
    • ‘However, the speed in which the disease is spreading in Taiwan is still a reason for concern and worry.’
    • ‘Evelyn turned to me, her eyes full of concern and worry as she rubbed my back gently.’
    • ‘He gripped her shoulders and made her face him, his concern turning to worry.’
    • ‘There were concerns the ban would affect in-car radio kits involving handsets used by Gardaí and other emergency services.’
    • ‘Foley says this news will eliminate any concerns local people have about the local water supply for the future.’
    anxiety, worry, disquiet, disquietude, apprehension, apprehensiveness, unease, uneasiness, perturbation, consternation, distress, agitation
    solicitude, consideration, solicitousness, care, sympathy, thought, regard, caringness
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    1. 1.1A cause of anxiety or worry.
      ‘the new techniques raise some safety concerns’
      • ‘Controversial plans to merge two primary schools were met with opposition as worried parents raised concerns over their children's safety.’
      • ‘This week Professor Hay will attend an inquest in Leeds into his wife's death at which he hopes to raise concerns about the safety of the drug.’
      • ‘Traffic troubles in front of the new Richmond High have raised safety concerns as well as irritated drivers.’
      • ‘Environmental and safety concerns have spurred opposition in some coastal communities.’
      • ‘The local concern group says it is not satisfied the environmental concerns were raised in reports.’
      • ‘Under the present rules mobile phone masts have been located in areas that have caused local, environmental and safety concerns.’
      • ‘Honda maintains a focus on the safety and environmental concerns now drawing attention worldwide.’
      • ‘Gravesend manager Andy Ford has no fresh injury concerns or suspensions to worry about.’
      • ‘If there is a prima facie case that raises serious concerns about patient safety, the student should be suspended until the matter is resolved.’
      • ‘The offence was certainly a serious one, and one that raises considerable concerns for the safety of the community.’
      • ‘While the traffic police defend the move as a necessity, traffic engineers raise safety concerns stating that it may damage the structure.’
      • ‘Herndon residents say the public loitering is driving down property values and raises safety concerns.’
      • ‘At a meeting of the council's planning committee last week, Kelsey and Eden Park councillor Peter Dean raised safety concerns.’
      • ‘It has no impact upon the serious traffic and road safety concerns raised by Transport for London, or any of the other planning considerations.’
      • ‘This policy was changed earlier this year, when a fire across the road from the school raised significant safety concerns.’
      • ‘He claimed there was less than half a mile between the end of the runway and houses at the Horsforth end and that an extension could raise safety concerns.’
      • ‘When environmental concerns were initially raised, early on, Government turned a deaf ear.’
      • ‘This incident raises fresh concerns over safety, and public access to the water's edge.’
      • ‘This is the main concern worrying the economic strategists of the Russian ruling elite.’
      • ‘Children are of course the major concern for those worried about the effects of violence in the media.’
      affair, issue, matter, question, consideration
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  • 2A matter of interest or importance to someone.

    ‘oil reserves are the concern of the Energy Department’
    • ‘the survival of an endangered species is of concern to wildlife biologists’
    • ‘It is obvious that our children's needs and concerns extend over the whole spectrum of issues which are of concern to adults in our communities.’
    • ‘We will welcome your input on matters of concern to your community.’
    • ‘Compare the duration of this discussion with the time allocated to matters of concern to the general public.’
    • ‘It comes to him as a surprise that these signs should be a matter of concern to any one of the crafts of men.’
    • ‘But the law is in the first place a social matter, and its concern is other than the interest of the parties to a trial.’
    • ‘Tea terminology is a matter of concern to tea drinkers and also to cooks who are using tea as a flavouring.’
    • ‘Whether members are happy with a reply or unhappy with it is not a matter of concern to me.’
    • ‘Naturally, the time taken by an operating authority to prepare flood defence schemes is a matter of concern to those in affected areas.’
    • ‘If there is anything in these allegations, should that be a matter of concern to Christian people?’
    • ‘One of the most important areas of concern to a sheep farmer is lamb survivability.’
    • ‘The time taken to prepare such schemes was naturally a matter of concern to people affected.’
    • ‘These voters have lost trust that our majors consider the overall public interest as their bottom-line concern.’
    • ‘Was it possible to report those facts, which at least arguably are matters of legitimate public concern or interest?’
    • ‘The matter is the concern of the Forestry Department, which has to start taking responsible action.’
    • ‘His primary concern and his main interest was to see the Bachelor's Walk development proceed.’
    • ‘Not that it matters if our concern with knowledge is scientific or artistic.’
    • ‘The legal implications of all these matters have been the concern of administrative law.’
    • ‘The main concerns involved case work and the high number of instances where the prosecutors decided to drop proceedings.’
    • ‘There was no twentieth century concern for separating religion and the public school system.’
    • ‘Cutler's chief concern related to the separation of powers principle.’
    responsibility, business, affair, charge, duty, job, task, occupation
    interest, importance
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    1. 2.1concernsAffairs; issues.
      ‘public awareness of Aboriginal concerns’
      • ‘It thinks of itself as a nation in the globe, with very important interests and concerns.’
      • ‘Despite the sometimes dark subject matter and concerns of the characters, the mood never becomes ardently tense.’
      • ‘All of these sources can generate manuscript topics that address current concerns and interests.’
      • ‘We seldom realize how often special interest concerns are disguised as news.’
      • ‘It was going to focus on academic concerns and interests other than football.’
      • ‘Last night the SNP shadow health minister Shona Robison said the Executive must address training concerns as a matter of urgency.’
      • ‘Remember, on Pennsylvania roads, only your concerns and your destinations matter.’
      • ‘Convincing arguments can be made that urban concerns differ from what matters in the country.’
      • ‘Council matters and council concerns should be dealt with by the council and not passed to outside bodies to remedy.’
      • ‘But such concerns are of little importance when there is a quick profit to be made.’
      • ‘Does anyone have any tricks or suggestions for staying motivated and focused on magic when other matters and concerns interfere?’
      • ‘For me, namaz is first and foremost, and then come the matters and concerns of the world.’
      • ‘Irish nightclubs are big business but public order concerns are threatening to cut short the party.’
      • ‘Survey after survey shows that quality of life concerns figure prominently in business management decisions.’
      • ‘If that sounds a bit remote from the everyday concerns of business, it's not.’
      • ‘Initially, Burleson brought in experts to help BBP's staff get up to speed oil business concerns.’
      • ‘The Texas high school coaches who run the site plan to resume business once legal concerns are resolved.’
      • ‘The Minister for Sport appears to be driven by business rather than sporting concerns.’
      • ‘The fact that people live complicated lives and have complicated loyalties and complicated concerns is not in itself a problem.’
      • ‘It involves complicated political and national security concerns.’
  • 3A business; a firm.

    ‘a small, debt-ridden concern’
    • ‘The land and its people that produce and process the products, form the organisation's business concerns.’
    • ‘The house became a business concern in 1995 after the death of the sixth Marquess.’
    • ‘Even the established business concerns in Vincent and adjacent to Western Avenue could make an effort to those concerned to clean up the area.’
    • ‘This domination of local producers by global business concerns is aided by the fact that transport costs have been dramatically reduced.’
    • ‘As a result, the city's firms and larger business concerns will reap sums reaching into the tens of millions.’
    • ‘The state of the shop fronts, both local businesses and national concerns, in the High Street and the other main streets, leaves much to be desired.’
    • ‘One would think that if private persons and business concerns cannot own these things, the state will do so.’
    • ‘There has been a massive turnover in the ownership of Manorhamilton business concerns in the past three decades.’
    • ‘Corporate entertaining for the August festival is almost sold out to many leading local business concerns.’
    • ‘I don't think there is anything more attractive about the sandwich business than other food concerns.’
    • ‘Business concerns tend to replace regular workers with temporary ones to save labor costs.’
    • ‘It had denied outright that it illegally received any money from business concerns.’
    • ‘Today, the business remains a family concern, with three generations taking the lead alongside a four-strong workforce.’
    • ‘Numerous German business concerns and banks are already participating or negotiating investments.’
    • ‘If there are alternate energy sources out there you can bet these business concerns will do everything they can to keep the oil flowing and king.’
    • ‘How big does a business or a concern have to be though to get that bottom line impact?’
    • ‘There were no offers to buy the ice factory and on the 5th of July 1886 an auction was held for the concern, only three people turned up and there was no purchase bids.’
    • ‘The owner now wishes to sell the concern due to other business interests.’
    company, business, firm, enterprise, venture, organization, operation, undertaking, industry, corporation, establishment, house, shop, office, bureau, agency, franchise, practice, partnership, consortium, cooperative, conglomerate, group, combine, syndicate
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  • 4 informal, dated A complicated or awkward object or structure.





    as far as — is concerned
    • As regards the interests or case of —

      ‘the measures are irrelevant as far as inflation is concerned’
      • ‘Of course, as far as India is concerned, the interest does not just lie in the thrills offered by the characters and circumstances.’
      • ‘Baxter has been used to attracting interest as far as the Scottish game is concerned.’
      • ‘On the other hand, we are less touchy about individual liberties and more prepared to believe that the government knows better as far as the public interest is concerned.’
      • ‘For me this traffic warden scheme is probably the final nail in the coffin as far as Burnley is concerned regards shopping.’
      • ‘I have a very high regard, by the way, for Professor Tribe, so far as his legal opinion is concerned, and I'm certainly happy to debate him on the legal issues.’
      • ‘It is, in the middle of a theatrical desert as far as London is concerned, an interesting premise, handled with intelligence and played by a wonderful cast.’
      • ‘I still haven't set goals as far as a long-term career is concerned, but I'm more and more interested in the travel industry.’
      • ‘He has also admitted employing someone at the petrol station, who was in receipt of family credit, or income support, but that is irrelevant so far as this enquiry is concerned.’
      • ‘But as far as Francis is concerned - he already has international interest.’
      • ‘But I never plan the future so far as my private life is concerned.’
    have no concern with
    • Have nothing to do with.

      ‘drama seemed to have no concern with “truth” at all’
      • ‘And if we're not talking about the Internet, I really have no concern with what cable does on their wires.’
      • ‘I had no concern with what baseball statistics are… I was concerned with what the statistics mean.’
      • ‘Since most members of Unison work for organisations such as local authorities, which have no concern with profit and loss, employers cannot be hit where it most hurts.’
      • ‘They have no concern with anything but the destruction of the West.’
      • ‘Emerson had no concern with the ICC taking Broad out of the series with Zimbabwe with Murali's action still under review, as ‘there is a potential for a conflict of interest’.’
      • ‘I have no concern with clause 86, but clause 86, I think, actually raises something that the Primary Production Committee may have missed, and I think the Minister should concentrate on this.’
      • ‘Ordinarily the Gazette has no concern with outside news, but because this was an occasion which weighed heavily on our hearts and on the hearts of all mankind we wanted to take some notice of it.’
      • ‘Has he no higher a status than that or a message-carrier or a postman who, after delivering the letter, has no concern with it whatsoever?’
      • ‘The court has no concern with the manner in which Parliament or its officers carrying out its standing orders perform these functions.’
      • ‘She stated that she had no concern with David using the oven then but has now because he forgets when he takes his medication.’
    to whom it may concern
    • A formula placed at the beginning of a letter or document when the identity of the reader or readers is unknown.

      ‘Placed under house arrest in Salé, he regained his freedom only in May 2000 by order of Mohammed VI and immediately made public his second address: ‘Memorandum to whom it may concern.’’
      • ‘Dear to whom it may concern, I'm an American who just read your article on your website via, An Ameican website.’
      • ‘To whom it may concern - I am feeling a bit alienated right now; I know who I am, but others do not listen.’


Late Middle English from French concerner or late Latin concernere (in medieval Latin ‘be relevant to’), from con- (expressing intensive force) + cernere ‘sift, discern’.