Meaning of “subconscious” in the English Dictionary

"subconscious" in British English

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subconsciousnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌsʌbˈkɒn.ʃəs/ us /ˌsʌbˈkɑːn.ʃəs/

subconsciousadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌsʌbˈkɒn.ʃəs/ us /ˌsʌbˈkɑːn.ʃəs/
adverb uk /ˌsʌbˈkɒn.ʃə us /ˌsʌbˈkɑːn.ʃə


I think I must have known subconsciously that something was going on between them.

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

"subconscious" in American English

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subconsciousadjective [ not gradable ]

us /sʌbˈkɑn·ʃəs/

relating to thoughts and feelings that exist in the mind and influence your behavior although you are not aware of them:

On some subconscious level he wants to make her miserable.
noun [ U ] us /sʌbˈkɑn·ʃəs/

My subconscious works on things while I’m asleep.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /sʌbˈkɑn·ʃəs·li/

When people see these pictures, they subconsciously think of their childhoods.

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