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consciousness

noun [U] uk   /ˈkɒn.ʃəs.nəs/ us    /ˈkɑːn-/

consciousness noun [U] (UNDERSTANDING)

C1 the state of understanding and realizing something: [+ that] Her consciousness that she's different makes her feel uneasy. Working in an unemployment office had helped to raise his political consciousness.

consciousness noun [U] (AWAKE)

B2 the state of being awake, thinking, and knowing what is happening around you: He lost consciousness after his accident and never recovered/regained it.
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