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a. Characterized by or having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts. See Synonyms at aware.
b. Mentally perceptive or alert; awake: The patient remained fully conscious after the local anesthetic was administered.
2. Capable of thought, will, or perception: the development of conscious life on the planet.
3. Subjectively known or felt: conscious remorse.
4. Intentionally conceived or done; deliberate: a conscious insult; made a conscious effort to speak more clearly.
5. Inwardly attentive or sensitive to something: As he spoke, he became increasingly conscious of his high-pitched voice.
6. Showing awareness of or preoccupation with something. Often used in combination: a cost-conscious approach to health care; a value-conscious shopper.
In psychoanalysis, the component of waking awareness perceptible by a person at any given instant; consciousness.

[From Latin cōnscius : com-, com- + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

con′scious·ly adv.


a. alert and awake; not sleeping or comatose
b. aware of one's surroundings, one's own thoughts and motivations, etc
a. aware of and giving value or emphasis to a particular fact or phenomenon: I am conscious of your great kindness to me.
b. (in combination): clothes-conscious.
3. done with full awareness; deliberate: a conscious effort; conscious rudeness.
4. (Psychology)
a. denoting or relating to a part of the human mind that is aware of a person's self, environment, and mental activity and that to a certain extent determines his choices of action
b. (as noun): the conscious is only a small part of the mind.
[C17: from Latin conscius sharing knowledge, from com- with + scīre to know]
ˈconsciously adv
ˈconsciousness n


(ˈkɒn ʃəs)

1. aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
2. fully aware of something: not conscious of the passage of time.
3. having the mental faculties fully active: to be conscious during an operation.
4. known to oneself; felt: conscious guilt.
5. aware of what one is doing.
6. aware of oneself; self-conscious.
7. deliberate; intentional: a conscious effort.
8. acutely aware of or concerned about: money-conscious.
9. the conscious, Psychoanal. the part of the mind comprising psychic material of which the individual is aware.
[1625–35; < Latin conscius sharing knowledge <con- con- + scīre to know; see -ous]
con′scious•ly, adv.
syn: conscious, aware, cognizant refer to a realization or recognition of something about oneself or one's surroundings. conscious usu. implies sensing or feeling certain facts, truths, conditions, etc.: to be conscious of an extreme weariness; to be conscious of one's own inadequacy. aware implies being mentally awake to something on a sensory level or through observation: aware of the odor of tobacco; aware of gossip. cognizant, a more formal term, usu. implies having knowledge about some object or fact based on reasoning or information: cognizant of the plan's drawbacks.


1. 'conscious'

Conscious is an adjective. If you are conscious of something, you are aware of it.

She became conscious of Rudolph looking at her.
I was conscious that he had changed his tactics.

If you are conscious, you are awake, rather than asleep or unconscious.

The patient was fully conscious during the operation.
2. 'consciousness'

Consciousness is a noun. You can refer to your mind and thoughts as your consciousness.

Doubts were starting to enter into my consciousness.

If you lose consciousness, you become unconscious. If you regain consciousness or recover consciousness, you become conscious again after being unconscious. These are fairly formal expressions.

He fell down and lost consciousness.
He began to regain consciousness just as Kate was leaving.
She died in hospital without recovering consciousness.

In more informal English you can say that you pass out instead of 'lose consciousness', and come round instead of 'regain/recover consciousness'.

He felt sick and dizzy, then passed out.
When I came round, I was on the kitchen floor.
3. 'conscience'

Conscience is a noun. Your conscience is the part of your mind that tells you whether what you are doing is right or wrong.

My conscience told me to vote against the others.
Their consciences were troubled by stories of famine and war.
4. 'conscientious'

Conscientious is an adjective. Someone who is conscientious is very careful to do their work properly.

We are generally very conscientious about our work.
She seemed a conscientious, serious young woman.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.conscious - intentionally conceived; "a conscious effort to speak more slowly"; "a conscious policy"
intended - resulting from one's intentions; "your intended trip abroad"; "an intended insult"
2.conscious - knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts; "remained conscious during the operation"; "conscious of his faults"; "became conscious that he was being followed"
awake - not in a state of sleep; completely conscious; "lay awake thinking about his new job"; "still not fully awake"
aware, cognisant, cognizant - (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception; "was aware of his opponent's hostility"; "became aware of her surroundings"; "aware that he had exceeded the speed limit"
sensible, sensitive - able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin"
voluntary - of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled; "man is a voluntary agent"; "participation was voluntary"; "voluntary manslaughter"; "voluntary generosity in times of disaster"; "voluntary social workers"; "a voluntary confession"
unconscious - not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead; "lay unconscious on the floor"
3.conscious - (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something; "few voters seem conscious of the issue's importance"; "conscious of having succeeded"; "the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load"- Thomas Hardy
aware, cognisant, cognizant - (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception; "was aware of his opponent's hostility"; "became aware of her surroundings"; "aware that he had exceeded the speed limit"


1. (often with of) aware of, wise to (slang), alert to, responsive to, cognizant of, sensible of, clued-up on (informal), percipient of She was very conscious of Max studying her.
aware of unconscious, unaware, ignorant, oblivious
3. awake, wide-awake, sentient, alive She was fully conscious throughout the operation.
awake asleep, unconscious, oblivious, insensible


Tending toward awareness and appreciation:
مُدْرِك لِواعواعٍ
vědomý sipři vědomí
eszméleténél levõtudatos
meîvitaîurmeîvitandi, meîvitaîur
의식하고 있는
nuovokiaisąmonėsąmoningaisąmoningumasturintis sąmonę
apzinošspie samaņas esošssajūtošs
pri vedomí
zavedajoč sezavesten
bilinci yerindebilinçlifarkında
tỉnh táo


1. (= aware) to be conscious of sth/of doing sthser consciente de algo/de hacer algo
to be conscious thattener (plena) conciencia de que
to become conscious of sthdarse cuenta de algo
to become conscious thatdarse cuenta de que
she became conscious of him looking at herse dio cuenta de que él la miraba
environmentally consciousconsciente de los problemas medioambientales
politically consciouscon conciencia política
2. (= deliberate) [decision] → deliberado; [prejudice] → consciente; [error, irony, insult] → intencional, deliberado
they made a conscious choice or decision not to have childrendecidieron deliberadamente no tener hijos
he made a conscious effort to look as though he was enjoying himselfse esforzó deliberadamente por aparentar que se estaba divirtiendo
3. (Med) → consciente
to be consciousestar conscientetener conocimiento
to be fully consciousestar totalmente consciente
to become consciousrecobrar el reconocimiento, volver en sí
4. (Psych) [memory, thought] → consciente
the conscious mindla conciencia
to remain below the level of conscious awarenessquedarse en el subconsciente
on a conscious levelconscientemente
B. N (Psych) the consciousla conciencia
at a level below the consciouspor debajo de los niveles de conciencia


[ˈkɒnʃəs] adj
(= aware) → conscient(e)
to be conscious of sth → être conscient(e) de qch
to become conscious that ... → se rendre compte que ...
to become conscious of sth → prendre conscience de qch
(= awake) [patient] → conscient(e)
(= deliberate) [decision] → volontaire; [insult, error] → délibéré(e)
to make a conscious effort to do sth → faire son possible pour faire qch


(Med) → bei Bewusstsein
(= aware)bewusst (also Psych); the conscious minddas Bewusstsein; to be/become conscious of somethingsich (dat)einer Sache (gen)bewusst sein/werden; I was/became conscious thates war/wurde mir bewusst, dass; politically consciouspolitisch bewusst; environmentally consciousumweltbewusst
(= deliberate) effort etcbewusst; humour alsoabsichtlich


[ˈkɒnʃəs] adj
a. (aware) conscious (of sth/of doing)consapevole (di qc/di fare), conscio/a (di qc/di fare)
to become conscious of sth/that → rendersi conto di qc/che
b. (deliberate, insult, error) → intenzionale, voluto/a
c. (Med) → cosciente
to become conscious → riprendere coscienza


(ˈkonʃəs) adjective
1. aware of oneself and one's surroundings; not asleep or in a coma or anaesthetized etc. The patient was conscious.
2. (sometimes with of) aware or having knowledge (of). They were conscious of his disapproval.
ˈconsciously adverb
ˈconsciousness noun
The patient soon regained consciousness.


واع vědomý si bevidst bewusst συνειδητός consciente tajuissaan conscient svjestan consapevole 意識がある 의식하고 있는 bewust bevisst świadomy consciente ощущающий medveten รู้สึกตัว bilinçli tỉnh táo 有意识的


a. consciente, en posesión de las facultades mentales.


adj consciente
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And Meg ran down to perform these little ceremonies, and then to follow her mother wherever she went, conscious that in spite of the smiles on the motherly face, there was a secret sorrow hid in the motherly heart at the flight of the first bird from the nest.
As he grew somewhat sleepy but was still conscious, figures began to appear before his eyes.
I never tried to define it, but I was distinctly conscious of it.
I was really not conscious of thinking of anything; but perhaps I can retrace my thoughts.
For a moment he appeared to be conscious of having the worst of the argument, then, rallying again, he answered the objection of his antagonist in the best manner his limited information would allow:
A shy, silent youth, deft in work, and at other times conscious and embarrassed.
Finding the great king beyond the water disappointed in his expectations, and conscious of the importance of the Long Knife, and their own wretchedness, some of the nations immediately desired peace; to which, at present, they seem universally disposed, and are sending ambassadors to General Clark, at the Falls of the Ohio, with the minutes of their Councils, a specimen of which, in the minutes of the Piankashaw Council, is subjoined.
All the others had been dying to ask the question, yet one and all laughed at the conscious manner and blushing cheek of the questioner.
Their companions, or those who endeavored to become such, grew conscious of a circle round about the Maules, within the sanctity or the spell of which, in spite of an exterior of sufficient frankness and good-fellowship, it was impossible for any man to step.
According to these highly-respectable witnesses, the minister, conscious that he was dying -- conscious, also, that the reverence of the multitude placed him already among saints and angels -- had desired, by yielding up his breath in the arms of that fallen woman, to express to the world how utterly nugatory is the choicest of man's own righteousness.
I might well have needed that, for with this hard blow of the proof that her eyes were hopelessly sealed I felt my own situation horribly crumble, I felt--I saw--my livid predecessor press, from her position, on my defeat, and I was conscious, more than all, of what I should have from this instant to deal with in the astounding little attitude of Flora.
Starting from a brief standing sleep, I was horribly conscious of something fatally wrong.