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"conscious" in British English

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consciousadjective

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

be conscious of sth/sb

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B2 to notice that a particular thing or person exists or is present: My tooth doesn't exactly hurt, 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 university education. [+ that] He gradually became 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 badly injured. She's out of the operating theatre, 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."
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consciously
adverb uk   /ˈkɒn.ʃəs.li/ us   /ˈkɑːn.ʃəs.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 exercise regularly.
  • 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 especially aware 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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