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awareness

[uh-wair-nis] /əˈwɛər nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness:
The object of the information drive is to raise awareness of what spreads HIV/AIDS.
Origin of awareness
Related forms
hyperawareness, noun
overawareness, noun
self-awareness, noun
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  • Their faces shone with a brilliance of awareness and he knew that they loved him.

    Pleasant Journey Richard F. Thieme
  • No other function is left to consciousness but merely that of awareness.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Actually, the subject is in a special or heightened state of awareness.

  • Her voice trailed off with awareness of Mel's tiny smile—a smile that widened.

    Question of Comfort Les Collins
  • awareness of similarities was embodied in means of interaction.

Word Origin and History for awareness
n.

1828, from aware + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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