Meaning of “unconscious” in the English Dictionary

"unconscious" in British English

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uk /ʌnˈkɒn.ʃəs/ us /ʌnˈkɑːn.ʃəs/

B2 in the state of not being awake, especially as the result of a head injury:

She was hit on the head by a stone and knocked unconscious.

C2 An unconscious thought or feeling is one that you do not know you have:

my unconscious desire to impress him

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adverb uk /ʌnˈkɒn.ʃə us /ʌnˈkɑːn.ʃə
noun [ U ] uk /ʌnˈkɒn.ʃəs.nəs/ us /ʌnˈkɑːn.ʃəs.nəs/


uk /ʌnˈkɒn.ʃəs/ us /ʌnˈkɑːn.ʃəs/

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

"unconscious" in American English

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unconsciousadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ʌnˈkɑn·ʃəs/

not conscious :

The fall from his horse knocked him unconscious for several minutes.

Unconscious feelings or actions are ones you are not completely aware of:

unconscious anxiety
There’s an unconscious classification within the group.
adverb us /ʌnˈkɑn·ʃəs·li/

He unconsciously assumes that everyone agrees with him.

unconsciousnoun [ U ]

us /ʌnˈkɑn·ʃəs/ specialized

(in psychoanalysis) the part of the mind you are not aware of but which influences behavior

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