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Meaning of “conscious” in the English Dictionary

"conscious" in British English

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consciousadjective

uk   /ˈkɒn.ʃəs/  us   /ˈkɑːn-/
  • conscious adjective (NOTICING)

be conscious of sth/sb

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B2 to ​notice that a ​particular thing or ​personexists or is ​present: My ​tooth doesn't ​exactlyhurt, but I'm conscious of it (= I can ​feel it) all the ​time. [+ -ing verb] I ​think she's very conscious of being the only ​person in the ​office who didn't have a ​universityeducation. [+ that] He ​graduallybecame conscious (of the ​fact) that everyone ​else was ​wearing a ​suit.
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  • conscious adjective (AWAKE)

C1 awake, ​thinking, and ​knowing what is ​happening around you: He's still conscious but he's very ​badlyinjured. She's out of the ​operatingtheatre, but she's not fully conscious ​yet.figurative humorous "Can I ​speak to Isobel, ​please?" "She's still in ​bed. I'll go and ​see if she's conscious (= ​awake)yet."
Opposite
consciously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
I don't ​think she's consciously ​rude to ​people - it's just the way she is.

-conscioussuffix

uk   /-kɒn.ʃəs/  us   /-kɑːn-/
(Definition of conscious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conscious" in American English

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consciousadjective

 us   /ˈkɑn·ʃəs/
  • conscious adjective (AWAKE)

awake, ​aware of what is ​happening around you, and ​able to ​think: She’s out of ​surgery but not ​fully conscious ​yet.
  • conscious adjective (NOTICING)

noticing the ​existence of something: People have ​become much more conscious of the need to ​exerciseregularly.
  • conscious adjective (INTENTIONAL)

determined and ​intentional: Was it a conscious ​decision to ​break up the ​group, or did it just ​happen?
  • conscious adjective (AWARE)

being ​especiallyaware of or ​worried about something: Consumers aren’t as conscious of ​prices as they were last ​year.
consciously
adverb  us   /ˈkɑn·ʃəs·li/
I’ve never done anything consciously to ​offend anyone.
(Definition of conscious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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