Meaning of “conscious” in the English Dictionary

"conscious" in British English

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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."
adverb uk /ˈkɒn.ʃə us /ˈkɑːn.ʃə

I don't think she's consciously rude to people - it's just the way she is.


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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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.
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)