Definition of awareness in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Knowledge or perception of a situation or fact:

    ‘we need to raise public awareness of the issue’
    ‘there is a lack of awareness of the risks’
    • ‘Changes to pension schemes are very damaging for staff morale and given much greater employer awareness, could also lead to deteriorating industrial relations.’
    • ‘Therapists help children develop self-esteem and awareness, improve their social skills and gain confidence through painting, drawing and self-expression.’
    • ‘Let your morality come out of your own awareness rather than out of conditioning.’
    • ‘That is not directly addressed in the bill, and I hope the Minister has some awareness of it.’
    • ‘The awareness of death is an invisible attractor that draws me to what is important in my life.’
    • ‘That can be settled, I shall say, only by the awareness of God.’
    • ‘Spirituality is about growing in awareness.’
    • ‘Needless to say, I have a great awareness of the walking wounded.’
    • ‘And just as individuals can be depressed, so can whole families, often without their awareness.’
    • ‘Like her male counterpart, she always seems to have an affecting awareness of her sidekick status.’
    • ‘Perhaps they are hiding their light under a bushel, since there is such minimal evidence of awareness in the wild.’
    • ‘He has the qualifications, reputation and awareness of what should, and should not, be.’
    • ‘Dave agreed the experience had made him want to promote awareness of the cancer.’
    • ‘In further opposition to the posthuman discourse, Richard also comes to the awareness of the importance of the complex space of the body.’
    • ‘Once the initial awareness of nakedness had been absorbed, the mind settles down serenely to watch the dance.’
    • ‘Learn to change your state of mind in meditation, turning awareness within to your spiritual nature, the radiance within you.’
    • ‘Tell me about your first awareness of the Lazarus story.’
    • ‘The body is an organism with an intense awareness of itself.’
    • ‘The principal requirements for achieving network-centric warfare are a network and shared awareness.’
    • ‘At the same time, a number of authors suggest that vulnerability to vicarious traumatization arises through that very experience of awareness.’
    consciousness, recognition, realization, cognizance, perception, apprehension, understanding, grasp, appreciation
    acknowledgement, knowledge
    sensitivity to, sensibility to, insight into
    familiarity with, acquaintance with
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    1. 1.1 Concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development:
      ‘a growing environmental awareness’
      ‘his political awareness developed’
      • ‘I've seen more awareness of the outside world, more awareness of Third World issue.’
      • ‘It also aims to increase public awareness on issues of emotional well-being.’
      • ‘He is ceaselessly trying to spread awareness amongst the addicted against the hazards of different addictions.’
      • ‘Reagan campaigned for skin cancer awareness.’
      • ‘People's awareness of condoms is also weak.’
      • ‘The collective salvation of our civilisation requires the inner transformation of every individual from the ignorance of materialism and individualism to the Gnosis of collective spiritual awareness.’
      • ‘It is an awareness that translates into recycling projects.’
      • ‘The alliance has also reached out to women workers and students, to raise awareness about women's rights under the new labour law.’
      • ‘The groups, however, are important for increasing both patient education and awareness of global issues affecting treatment.’
      • ‘The Serbs suppressed the Albanians, which in turn fostered Albanian armed resistance in the 1920s and raised national awareness among Albanians.’
      • ‘On the one hand, awareness of the diversity of humanity could pose challenges to European self-confidence.’
      • ‘Taylor expressed hope that he would bring a new awareness to the board.’
      • ‘Underpinning this year's congress was a strong current of environmental awareness.’
      • ‘Methodist Hospital had a court-mandated adult alcohol awareness program.’
      • ‘The key is to increase awareness.’
      • ‘Increased levels of youth awareness about where to get contraception.’
      • ‘Many Savannah State students say an awareness of their heritage is one of the school's biggest selling points.’
      • ‘A bolton charity is trying to raise awareness of age discrimination - using its own specially trained team of older people.’
      • ‘The Group Award is presented in five categories: excellence in development, product quality, logistics, entrepreneurial performance and environmental awareness.’
      • ‘The event focused not only on fundraising, but also on raising awareness about youth leadership and getting youth involved with non-governmental organisations.’