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noun consciousness pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒnʃəsnəs/
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  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.
  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] someones 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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