aware, conscious

Aware implies knowing something either by perception or through information: "The lecturer was aware that he had lost his audience." Conscious has much the same meaning but is more often applied to a physical situation: "The injured player was conscious but could not stand." In informal use, the words are employed interchangeably.

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  • conscious — con|scious W3S2 [ˈkɔnʃəs US ˈka:n ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(aware)¦ 2¦(awake)¦ 3 conscious effort/decision/attempt etc 4¦(concerned)¦ 5¦(thoughts)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: conscius, from com ( COM ) + scire to know ] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Conscious — Con scious, a. [L. conscius; con + scire to know. See {Conscience}.] 1. Possessing the faculty of knowing one s own thoughts or mental operations. [1913 Webster] Some are thinking or conscious beings, or have a power of thought. I. Watts. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conscious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) aware of and responding to one s surroundings. 2) (usu. conscious of) aware. 3) deliberate: a conscious effort. DERIVATIVES consciously adverb. ORIGIN Latin conscius knowing with others or in oneself …   English terms dictionary

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