Concern vs Mitigate - What's the difference?

concern | mitigate |

As verbs the difference between concern and mitigate

is that concern is (label) to relate or belong to; to have reference to or connection with; to affect the interest of; to be of importance to while mitigate is to reduce, lessen, or decrease.

As a noun concern

is that which affects one's welfare or happiness.




  • That which affects one's welfare or happiness.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=We drove back to the office with some concern on my part at the prospect of so large a case. Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=April 10, author=Alistair Magowan, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle , passage=Although the encounter was bathed in sunshine, the match failed to reach boiling point but that will be of little concern to Gerard Houllier's team, who took a huge step forward before they face crucial matches against their relegation rivals.}}
  • The expression of solicitude, anxiety, or compassion toward a thing or person.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , title=The Dust of Conflict, chapter=22 citation , passage=Appleby
  • A business, firm or enterprise; a company.
  • * 2001 November 18, " What the Muslim World Is Watching," The New York Times (retrieved 26 July 2014):
  • Soon after he ascended the throne, an Arabic television joint venture between the BBC and a Saudi concern , Orbit Communications, foundered over the BBC's insistence on editorial independence.
  • (computing, programming) Any set of information that affects the code of a computer program.
  • * 2006 , Awais Rashid, ?Mehmet Aksit, Transactions on Aspect-Oriented Software Development II (page 148)
  • At the programming level, an aspect is a modular unit that implements a concern .


    (en verb)
  • (label) To relate or belong to; to have reference to or connection with; to affect the interest of; to be of importance to.
  • *(Bible), (w) xxviii. 31
  • *:Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • *(Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • *:Our wars with France have affected us in our most tender interests, and concerned us more than those with any other nation.
  • *(James Fenimore Cooper) (1789-1851)
  • *:ignorant, so far as the usual instruction is concerned
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned , welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • (label) To engage by feeling or sentiment; to interest.
  • :
  • *(Samuel Rogers) (1763-1855)
  • *:They think themselves out the reach of Providence, and no longer concerned to solicit his favour.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=3 , passage=It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, but as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless. And results are all that concern me.
  • (label) To make somebody worried.
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  • Derived terms

    * concernable




  • To reduce, lessen, or decrease.
  • * 1795
  • Measures are pursuing to prevent or mitigate the usual consequences of such outrages, and with the hope of their succeeding at least to avert general hostility.
  • * 1813
  • But in yielding to it the retaliation has been mitigated as much as possible, both in its extent and in its character...
  • * 1896
  • Then they tell us that vaccination will mitigate the disease that it will make it milder.
  • * 1901 — , ch 7
  • Then I discovered the brilliance of the landscape around was mitigated by blue spectacles.
  • * 1920
  • The plague had not been kind to him, yet had left him this small furry thing to mitigate his sorrow; and when one is very young, one can find great relief in the lively antics of a black kitten.
  • To downplay.
  • Synonyms

    * (to reduce or lessen) check, diminish, ease, lighten, mollify, pacify, palliate


    * (to reduce or lessen) aggrandize, aggravate, exacerbate, incite, increase, intensify, irritate, worsen

    Coordinate terms

    * (l)