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1. Interested and involved: sent a memorandum to those concerned.
2. Anxious; troubled: the concerned parents of youthful offenders.
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1. (postpositive) interested, guilty, involved, or appropriate: I shall find the boy concerned and punish him.
2. worried, troubled, or solicitous
concernedly adv
conˈcernedness n
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1. interested or affected: concerned citizens.
2. troubled or anxious: a concerned look.
3. having a connection or involvement; participating: all those concerned in the robbery.
con•cern′ed•ly, adv.
con•cern′ed•ness, n.
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1. used after a linking verb

The adjective concerned is usually used after a linking verb such as be.

If you are concerned about something, you are worried about it.

He was concerned about the level of unemployment.
I've been concerned about you lately.

If a book, speech, or piece of information is concerned with a subject, it deals with it.

This chapter is concerned with recent changes.

Be Careful!
Don't say that a book, speech, or piece of information 'is concerned about' a subject. Don't say, for example, 'This chapter is concerned about recent changes'.

2. used after a noun

When concerned is used immediately after a noun, it has a different meaning. You use it to refer to people or things involved in a situation that you have just mentioned.

We've spoken to the lecturers concerned.
Some of the chemicals concerned can cause cancer.

Concerned is often used with this meaning after the pronouns all, everyone, and everybody.

It was a perfect arrangement for all concerned.
This was a relief to everyone concerned.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.concerned - feeling or showing worry or solicitude; "concerned parents of youthful offenders"; "was concerned about the future"; "we feel concerned about accomplishing the task at hand"; "greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child"
attentive - (often followed by `to') giving care or attention; "attentive to details"; "the nurse was attentive to her patient"; "an attentive suitor"
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"
unconcerned - lacking in interest or care or feeling; "the average unconcerned that his or her plight is the result of a complex of personal and economic and governmental actions...beyond the normal citizen's comprehension and control"; "blithely unconcerned about his friend's plight"
2.concerned - involved in or affected by or having a claim to or share in; "a memorandum to those concerned"; "an enterprise in which three men are concerned"; "factors concerned in the rise and fall of epidemics"; "the interested parties met to discuss the business"
involved - connected by participation or association or use; "we accomplished nothing, simply because of the large number of people involved"; "the problems involved"; "the involved muscles"; "I don't want to get involved"; "everyone involved in the bribery case has been identified"
3.concerned - culpably involved; "all those concerned in the bribery case have been identified"; "named three officials implicated in the plot"; "an innocent person implicated by circumstances in a crime"
involved - connected by participation or association or use; "we accomplished nothing, simply because of the large number of people involved"; "the problems involved"; "the involved muscles"; "I don't want to get involved"; "everyone involved in the bribery case has been identified"
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1. worried, troubled, upset, bothered, disturbed, anxious, distressed, uneasy I've been very concerned about the situation.
worried detached, indifferent, aloof, carefree, unconcerned, uninterested, untroubled, neglectful, without a care
2. caring, attentive, solicitous A concerned friend put a comforting arm around her shoulder.
3. involved, interested, active, mixed up, implicated, privy to I believe he was concerned in all those matters you mention. It's been a difficult time for all concerned.
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1. Having concern:
2. In a state of anxiety or uneasiness:
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lo lắng


[kənˈsɜːnd] ADJ
1. (= worried) → preocupado
to be concerned about sth/sbestar preocupado por algo/algn
I'm not nagging, I'm concerned about youno es que quiera darte la lata, estoy preocupado por ti or me preocupas
to be concerned at or by sthestar preocupado por algo
doctors are concerned at his slow recoverylos médicos están preocupados por or a los médicos les preocupa la lentitud con la que se está recuperando
to be concerned for sth/sbestar preocupado por algo/algn
he was concerned for his son's happinessle preocupaba la felicidad de su hijo
he sounded very concernedparecía estar muy preocupado
he was concerned that he might have hurt herle preocupaba que pudiera haberle hecho daño
2. to be concerned to do sthponer mucho interés en hacer algo
Britain was concerned to avoid warGran Bretaña puso mucho interés en evitar la guerra
see also concern B2
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[kənˈsɜːrnd] adj
(= worried) [neighbour, citizen, friend, parent] → inquiet/iète; [look, glance] → inquiet/iète
to be concerned → s'inquiéter, être inquiet/iète
to be concerned about sth → s'inquiéter de qch, être inquiet/iète au sujet de qch
His mother is concerned about him → Sa mère s'inquiète à son sujet.
to be concerned for sb's safety → s'inquiéter pour la sécurité de qn, se faire du souci pour la sécurité de qn
to be concerned that ... → être inquiet que ... + subj
(= involved) → concerné(e)
the people concerned (in question)les intéressés, les personnes concernées
It's a very stressful situation for everyone concerned → C'est une situation particulièrement stressante pour toutes les personnes concernées.
the department concerned (under discussion)le service en question
to be concerned with sth (= interested in) [person] → s'intéresser à qch (= devoted to) [study, work] → porter sur qch
His work was concerned with the effects of pollution on health → Son travail portait sur les effets de la pollution sur la santé.
to be concerned with doing sth → s'occuper de faire qch
as far as health is concerned → pour ce qui est de la santé, en ce qui concerne la santé
(= keen) to be concerned to do sth → tenir à faire qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


[kənˈsɜːnd] adj
a. (affected) → interessato/a
b. (worried) → preoccupato/a, ansioso/a
to be concerned at or by or about sth/for or about sb → preoccuparsi per or di qc/per qn, essere preoccupato/a per qc/per qn
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


قَلِق znepokojený bekymret besorgt ανήσυχος preocupado asianomainen inquiet zabrinut preoccupato 関係している 걱정하는 bezorgd bekymret zaniepokojony preocupado обеспокоенный bekymrad กังวล ilgili lo lắng 关心的
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He had moved out of college, and was contemplating the Universe, or such portions of it as concerned him, from his comfortable lodgings in Long Wall.
In this first lecture I shall be concerned to refute a theory which is widely held, and which I formerly held myself: the theory that the essence of everything mental is a certain quite peculiar something called "consciousness," conceived either as a relation to objects, or as a pervading quality of psychical phenomena.
For the moment, I am merely concerned to note that perception of objects is one of the most obvious examples of what is called "consciousness." We are "conscious" of anything that we perceive.
If I set to work to recall what I did this morning, that is a form of consciousness different from perception, since it is concerned with the past.
The view here expressed, that relation to an object is an ultimate irreducible characteristic of mental phenomena, is one which I shall be concerned to combat.
All that I am concerned with for the moment is that the grammatical forms "I think," "you think," and "Mr.
How differently did everything now appear in which he was concerned! His attentions to Miss King were now the consequence of views solely and hatefully mercenary; and the mediocrity of her fortune proved no longer the moderation of his wishes, but his eagerness to grasp at anything.
Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself."
"Monsieur d'Artagnan never made such an answer as that when the service of your majesty was concerned," said Athos, bowing with great dignity.
"Yes," he said, trying to make his voice sound concerned enough for sympathy, and not eager enough for curiosity.
So far as THAT is concerned, I'd go from here there on my knees--or on my head--if that would do any good.
So far as I am concerned, I am willing to say there was no quarrel.

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