Meaning of “consciousness” in the English Dictionary

"consciousness" in British English

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consciousnessnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkɒn.ʃəs.nəs/ us /ˈkɑːn.ʃəs.nəs/

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.

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  • The children have no consciousness of being different.
  • He is completely unaware of gender issues - we will have to raise his consciousness.
  • Her consciousness of the feelings of others was the thing that made her a fantastic doctor.
  • He shows no consciousness that others might find him boring.
  • Does she have any consciousness of how rude other people find her?

(Definition of “consciousness” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consciousness" in American English

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consciousnessnoun [ U ]


consciousness noun [ U ] (BEING AWAKE)

the state of being awake, aware of what is around you, and able to think:

He lost consciousness on the way to the hospital, and regained consciousness the next day.

consciousness noun [ U ] (NOTICING)

the fact of noticing the existence of something:

There’s definitely a consciousness of the employment market among the students.

(Definition of “consciousness” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)