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noun consciousness pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒnʃəsnəs/
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the state of being awake and able to hear, see, and think

    He lay there, drifting in and out of consciousness.

    lose consciousness:

    The pain was so bad that I lost consciousness.

    regain/recover consciousness:

    As a result of the accident she fell into a coma and never regained consciousness.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of consciousness
  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] the knowledge or understanding that something exists or is important
    consciousness of:

    We want to increase students' consciousness of health issues.

  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] someone's mind and thoughts

    The sound of the fighting receded from my consciousness.

    1. a.
      [singular] the beliefs, thoughts, and feelings of a group of people

      Individual freedom is a powerful notion in the European popular consciousness.

      political/national/public consciousness

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