|Origin:||conscius, from com- ( COM-) + scire 'to know'|
con‧scious S2 W3
noticing or realizing something [= aware]
aware[not before noun]
conscious of (doing) something
I became conscious of someone watching me.
I was very conscious of the fact that I had to make a good impression.
She was conscious that Marie was listening to every word.
awake and able to understand what is happening around you [≠ unconscious]:
The driver was still conscious when the ambulance arrived.
an effort etc that is deliberate and intended:
Vivien had made a conscious effort to be friendly.
thinking a lot about or concerned about something
politically/environmentally/socially etc conscious
environmentally conscious consumers
Many employers are becoming more safety-conscious.
conscious of➔ self-conscious
She was very conscious of security.
conscious thoughts, memories etc are ones which you know about [↪ subconscious]:
the conscious mind
Without conscious thought, she instinctively placed a hand on his arm.
It affects the audience at a deeper, less conscious level.
She was probably not consciously aware of her true feelings.