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conscious

adjective

  1. (intended)  intentionally conceived
    Synonyms: witting. Similar to: intended
  2. (knowing, perceiving)  knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings, sensations, and thoughts
    Similar to: self-conscious, semiconscious, sentient
  3. (aware)  showing realization or recognition of something
    Similar to: aware

Etymology summary

"knowing, privy to", from Latin conscius "knowing, aware", from conscire;...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Consciousness

the quality or state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as: subjectivity, awareness, sentience, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control ... (40 of 12453 words, 7 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

conscious | conscient [synonym] | consciously [adverb, derived]

alert and awake; not sleeping or comatose | aware of one's surroundings, one's own thoughts and motivations, etc | aware of and giving value or ... (23 of 598 words, 7 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/conscious

Merriam-Webster:

consciousness | mind [synonym, sense-specific] | advertence [synonym, sense-specific] | advertency [synonym, sense-specific] | cognizance [synonym, sense-specific] | attention [synonym, sense-specific] | ear [synonym, sense-specific] | eye [synonym, sense-specific] | heed [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself ... | the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and ... (23 of 189 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/consciousness

conscious [entry 1, adjective] | self-conscious [synonym, sense-specific] | awake [synonym, sense-specific] | alive [synonym, sense-specific] | apprehensive [synonym, sense-specific] | aware [synonym, sense-specific] | cognizant [synonym, sense-specific] | mindful [synonym, sense-specific] | sensible [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

perceiving, apprehending, or noticing with a degree of controlled thought or observation | [archaic] sharing another's knowledge or awareness of an ... (20 of 329 words, 8 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/conscious

Oxford Dictionary:

conscious | consciously [derived]

aware of and responding to one's surroundings | having knowledge of something | [in combination] : concerned with or worried about a particular matter ... (22 of 146 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/conscious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

conscious

[not usually before noun] noticing that something exists or is happening and realizing that it's important | [not usually before noun] awake and able ... (23 of 144 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/conscious

American Heritage Dictionary:

conscious | consciously [adverb, related]

Having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts. | Mentally perceptive or alert; awake | Capable of ... (20 of 137 words, 8 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conscious

Random House Dictionary:

conscious | the conscious [sense-specific]

aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc. | fully aware of or sensitive to something (often followed by "of"). | having ... (21 of 118 words, 10 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/conscious

New World Dictionary:

conscious | consciously [adverb, related]

having a feeling or knowledge (of one's own sensations, feelings, etc. or ... | able to feel and think; in the normal waking state | aware of oneself ... (26 of 89 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conscious

Cambridge Dictionary:

conscious [entry 1] | be conscious of something/someone | be conscious of something | be conscious of someone | consciously [adverb, derived]

to notice that a particular thing or person exists or is present (12 of 86 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/conscious 1

conscious [entry 2]

awake, thinking and knowing what is happening around you Opposite: unconscious (11 of 61 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/conscious 2

conscious [entry 3] | consciously [adverb, derived]

determined and intentional (3 of 38 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/conscious 3

Wiktionary:

conscious | asleep [antonym, sense-specific] | unaware [antonym, sense-specific] | unconscious [antonym, sense-specific] | aware [synonym, sense-specific]

alert, awake. | aware. | aware of one's own existence; aware of one's own awareness (13 of 41 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/conscious

Encarta Dictionary:

conscious

awake and responsive to stimuli | fully appreciating the importance of something | considered and deliberate, or done with critical awareness | ... (19 of 170 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599697​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

conscious

First use: about 1600

Origin: "knowing, privy to", from Latin conscius "knowing, aware", from conscire; probably a loan-translation of Greek syneidos. A word ... (20 of 38 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=conscious

Oxford Dictionary:

conscious

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "being aware of wrongdoing"): from Latin conscius "knowing with others or in oneself" (from conscire "be privy to") + "-ous"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/conscious

Collins Dictionary:

conscious

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin conscius sharing knowledge, from com- with + scīre to know

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/conscious

American Heritage Dictionary:

conscious

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conscious

Wiktionary:

conscious

Origin: Latin conscius, itself from con- (a form of com- ("together") + scire ("to know").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/conscious

New World Dictionary:

conscious

Origin: Latin conscius, knowing, aware from conscire: see "conscience"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conscious

Merriam-Webster:

conscious [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 1592

Origin: Latin conscius, from com- + scire to know

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/conscious

Encarta Dictionary:

conscious

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin conscius "knowing" from scire "know"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599697​/definition​.html  [offline]

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Collins Dictionary:

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

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Cambridge Dictionary:

conscious [entry 1]

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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