1. The state or condition of being conscious; awareness. 2. A sense of one’s personal or collective identity, including the attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or group. 3. Awareness of something for what it is; internal knowledge: consciousness of wrongdoing. 4. Concern, interest, or awareness: class consciousness. 5. the mental activity of which a person is aware, contrasted with unconscious thought. 6. The mind or the mental faculties, characterized by thought, feelings, and volition. 7. To raise one’s consciousness means to make or become aware of one’s own or another’s needs, attitudes, etc.