conscious

conscious
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W3S2 [ˈkɔnʃəs US ˈka:n-] adj
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1¦(aware)¦
2¦(awake)¦
3 conscious effort/decision/attempt etc
4¦(concerned)¦
5¦(thoughts)¦
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[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: conscius, from com- ( COM-) + scire 'to know']
1.) ¦(AWARE)¦ [not before noun]
noticing or realizing something
= ↑aware conscious of (doing) sth
I became conscious of someone watching me.
I was very conscious of the fact that I had to make a good impression.
conscious that
She was conscious that Marie was listening to every word.
2.) ¦(AWAKE)¦
awake and able to understand what is happening around you
The driver was still conscious when the ambulance arrived.
3.) conscious effort/decision/attempt etc
an effort etc that is deliberate and intended
Vivien had made a conscious effort to be friendly.
4.) ¦(CONCERNED)¦
thinking a lot about or concerned about something
politically/environmentally/socially etc conscious
environmentally conscious consumers
health-conscious/fashion-conscious etc
Many employers are becoming more safety-conscious.
conscious of
She was very conscious of security.
5.) ¦(THOUGHTS)¦
conscious thoughts, memories etc are ones which you know about
the conscious mind
Without conscious thought, she instinctively placed a hand on his arm.
It affects the audience at a deeper, less conscious level.
>consciously adv
She was probably not consciously aware of the true nature of her feelings.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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