conscious Definition

  • 1aware of one's surroundings, thoughts, and feelings
  • 2awake and able to think and perceive

Using conscious: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "conscious" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was conscious of the fact that she was being watched.

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    He remained conscious throughout the operation.

  • Example

    I'm trying to be more conscious of what I eat.

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    The company is making a conscious effort to reduce waste.

conscious Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using conscious

  • be conscious of (something)

    to be aware of something


    He was conscious of the fact that he had forgotten his keys.

  • to become unconscious


    He hit his head and lost consciousness for a few minutes.

  • raise someone's consciousness

    to make someone aware of social or political issues


    The documentary aims to raise people's consciousness about the effects of climate change.

Phrases with conscious

  • self-conscious

    nervous or uncomfortable about one's appearance or behavior


    She felt self-conscious about her accent when speaking in public.

  • having an awareness of social issues and a desire to improve them


    The company is known for its socially conscious policies and practices.

  • a term used to describe a process of ending a romantic relationship in a respectful and amicable way


    They decided to try conscious uncoupling instead of going through a messy divorce.

Origins of conscious

from Latin 'conscius', meaning 'knowing with others or in oneself'


Summary: conscious in Brief

The term 'conscious' [ˈkɑːnʃəs] refers to being aware of one's surroundings, thoughts, and feelings, as well as being awake and able to think and perceive. It can be used to describe efforts to be more mindful of something, such as eating habits, or to describe a company's socially conscious policies. 'Conscious' is also used in phrases like 'self-conscious,' denoting nervousness about one's appearance or behavior, and 'raise someone's consciousness,' meaning to make someone aware of social or political issues.

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