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conscious
used in The Great Gatsby

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
a conscious effort to lose weight
Definition
intentional (done on purpose) — perhaps with significant effort
  • Miss Baker and I exchanged a short glance consciously devoid of meaning.
    p. 14.7
consciously = intentionally (on purpose)
There are no more uses of "conscious" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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2  —4 uses as in:
environmentally conscious
Definition
aware or concerned about something
  • So engrossed was she that she had no consciousness of being observed, and one emotion after another crept into her face like objects into a slowly developing picture.
    p. 124.8
consciousness = awareness

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Among the broken fragments of the last five minutes at table I remember the candles being lit again, pointlessly, and I was conscious of wanting to look squarely at every one, and yet to avoid all eyes.
    p. 15.8
  • conscious = aware
  • Or perhaps I had merely grown used to it, grown to accept West Egg as a world complete in itself, with its own standards and its own great figures, second to nothing because it had no consciousness of being so, and now I was looking at it again, through Daisy's eyes.
    p. 104.4
  • consciousness = awareness

    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Self-consciously, with his authoritative arms breaking the way, we pushed through the still gathering crowd, passing a hurried doctor, case in hand, who had been sent for in wild hope half an hour ago.
    p. 141.4
self-consciously = with awareness of how he appeared
There are no more uses of "conscious" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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