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UK [ˈkɒnʃəs] / US [ˈkɑnʃəs] adjective
1) [not usually before noun] noticing that something exists or is happening and realizing that it is important
conscious of:

Teachers are increasingly conscious of the importance of the Internet.

He was suddenly conscious of everyone looking at him.

conscious (that):

We are conscious that some people may not wish to work at night.

2) [not usually before noun] awake and able to see, hear, and think

The patient was fully conscious throughout the operation.

3) [usually before noun] done deliberately by someone who knows what the effect will be

I'm going to make a conscious effort to be more cheerful.

4) [usually before noun] a conscious thought, memory, experience etc is one that you realize you are having

She had no conscious memory of having met him before.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • conscious — I (awake) adjective able to recognize, active, acute, alert, alive, animate, astir, breathing, endowed with life, enlivened, existent, existing, extant, imbued with life, in existence, inspirited, live, living, mortal, vivified II (aware)… …   Law dictionary

  • conscious — [kän′shəs] adj. [L conscius, knowing, aware < conscire: see CONSCIENCE] 1. having a feeling or knowledge (of one s own sensations, feelings, etc. or of external things); knowing or feeling ( that something is or was happening or existing);… …   English World dictionary

  • conscious — [adj1] alert, awake able to recognize, acquainted, aesthetic, alive to, apperceptive, apprised, assured, attentive, au courant, aware, certain, cognizant, conversant, discerning, felt, hep to*, informed, in on*, in right mind, keen, knowing,… …   New thesaurus

  • conscious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) aware of and responding to one s surroundings. 2) (usu. conscious of) aware. 3) deliberate: a conscious effort. DERIVATIVES consciously adverb. ORIGIN Latin conscius knowing with others or in oneself …   English terms dictionary

  • -conscious — UK [ˈkɒnʃəs] US [ˈkɑnʃəs] suffix used with some nouns and adverbs to make adjectives describing a person or organization that gives a lot of attention to a particular subject or thing Our aim is to operate in an environmentally conscious manner.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • -conscious — [kän′shəs] combining form aware of and attaching importance to [status conscious] * * * …   Universalium

  • -conscious — [kän′shəs] combining form aware of and attaching importance to [status conscious] …   English World dictionary

  • conscious of — index acquainted Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • conscious — c.1600, knowing, privy to, from L. conscius knowing, aware, from conscire (see CONSCIENCE (Cf. conscience)); probably a loan translation of Gk. syneidos. A word adopted from the Latin poets and much mocked at first. Sense of active and awake is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • conscious — sensible, *aware, cognizant, alive, awake Analogous words: attending or attentive, minding or mindful, watching (see corresponding verbs at TEND): *watchful, alert, vigilant: perceiving, noticing, noting, remarking, observing (see SEE) Antonyms:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms