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a going concern

A business, enterprise, or activity that has done well thus far and is expected to continue making a profit. The odds weren't great setting up another café in town, but it has since become a going concern.
See also: concern, going

concern (oneself) about (someone or something)

To focus one's care or attention on someone or something; to assume a feeling of responsibility for someone or something. Your mother really doesn't need to concern herself about our financial issues—we're perfectly capable of sorting them out on our own. He concerns himself about other people far too much. He needs to focus on his own needs for a while.
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concern (oneself) over (someone or something)

To focus one's care or attention on someone or something; to assume a feeling of responsibility for someone or something. Your mother really doesn't need to concern herself over our financial issues—we're perfectly capable of sorting them out on our own. He concerns himself over other people far too much. He needs to focus on his own needs for a while.
See also: concern, over

concern (someone) in (something)

To involve someone in something. You really don't need to concern your mother in our financial issues—we're perfectly capable of sorting them out on our own.
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concern (someone) with (someone or something)

1. To involve someone in something to the extent that they feel partly responsible for dealing with it. You really don't need to concern your mother with our financial issues—we're perfectly capable of sorting them out on our own.
2. To cause someone to worry about something. I don't want to concern my parents with this news until we get more information about how serious the illness is.
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to whom it may concern

To the person to whom this letter applies or to whom it ultimately reaches. A formal address used at the beginning of a letter or email when the appropriate or ultimate recipient's identity is unknown. To whom it may concern: I am writing today to lodge a formal complaint against your company.
See also: concern, may, whom

concern oneself about someone or something

 and concern oneself over someone or something
to turn one's thoughts and consideration to someone or something. I hope you will concern yourself over your work a little more. Please don't concern yourself about me. I'll do okay.
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concern someone in something

to bring someone into some matter; to engage someone in something; to occupy someone with something. Don't concern Dave in our party planning. He doesn't know anything about entertaining. The wrong committee was concerned in this from the very beginning.
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concern someone with someone or something

to busy someone with someone or something; to worry someone with thoughts of someone or something. I hope Jennifer does not concern herself with this matter. Try to concern him with something other than his work.
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to whom it may concern

Cliché to the person to whom this applies. (A form of address used when you do not know the name of the person who handles the kind of business you are writing about.) The letter started out, "To whom it may concern." When you don't know who to write to, just say, "To whom it may concern."
See also: concern, may, whom

to whom it may concern

To the appropriate recipient for this message, as in I didn't know who was responsible for these complaints so I just addressed it "to whom it may concern ." This phrase is a formula used in letters, testimonials, and the like when one does not know the name of the proper person to address. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: concern, may, whom

a ˌgoing conˈcern

a business or an activity that is making a profit and is expected to continue to do well: He sold the cafe as a going concern.
See also: concern, going
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For the personal and national concerns survey, Pulse Asia asked 1,200 respondents, who are voters aged 18 and above, to cite up to three urgent concerns from lists provided.
A spokesperson for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: "The investigation into Ms Clywd's concerns was overseen by an expert independent panel and completed in April 2013.
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The study, which looked at consumer attitudes about the 12 highest volume food and beverage categories, showed that in some product areas as many as 60% of people are concerned about total sugars in their diet.
The survey also notes that fair lending exams (41.6 % high concern), increased Community Reinvestment Act scrutiny (27.8 % high concern), state consumer lending laws (23.9 % high concern), the National Mortgage Licensing System Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (19.6 % high concern), and mortgage call reports, all rank as high-to-medium concerns in the 2013 survey.
The purpose of this study was to analyze the fulfillment of students' initial concerns in writing center peer tutorials.
The research, involving private healthcare and NHS workers, highlighted a worrying number who said they had been told by their managers not to report their concerns.
The cost of health care and energy are of major concern to New Hampshire businesspeople, more than taxes, regulations and labor unions, according to a Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire survey released Nov.
Indeed, The assumption of a going concern is critical to the decision usefulness of financial information under the accrual basis of accounting.
The poll shows that out of eleven concerns, the greatest one is the nation's economy, with 47 percent saying that the Omaba administration has made the economy worse while 36 percent say the economy is better.
The Y2K concerns spawned a still-present multibillion dollar industry devoted to fixing the 00 problem and reinforcing the integrity of computer and database systems.