Meaning of UNCONSCIOUS in English

UNCONSCIOUS

INDEX:

1. unconscious

2. to become unconscious

3. to make someone unconscious by giving them a drug

4. to make someone unconscious by hitting them

RELATED WORDS

opposite

↑ CONSCIOUS

see also

↑ DRUNK

↑ SLEEP

↑ ACCIDENT

↑ HIT

↑ WAKE UP/GET UP

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1. unconscious

▷ unconscious /ʌnˈkɒnʃəsǁ-ˈkɑːn-/ [adjective]

not able to see, hear, feel etc, usually for a short time, for example because you have taken a drug or been hit on the head :

▪ There was a woman lying unconscious on the floor.

▪ The unconscious man was carefully lifted onto a stretcher.

unconsciousness [uncountable noun]

▪ A heavy concentration of the drug may produce dizziness or even unconsciousness.

▪ She managed to crawl into a shed, and then lapsed into unconsciousness.

▷ be in a coma /biː ɪn ə ˈkəʊmə/ [verb phrase]

to be unconscious for a long time, because of a serious accident or illness :

▪ Marina has been in a coma for the past four months.

lie in a coma

▪ Jo Columbo lay in a coma, paralyzed by bullet wounds.

▷ be out cold /biː ˌaʊt ˈkəʊld/ [verb phrase] especially spoken

to be unconscious :

▪ The other boxer was out cold.

▷ dazed /deɪzd/ [adjective]

almost unconscious for a short time, and often unable to move, because you have had a shock, been hit on the head etc :

▪ When the realization hit her, she just sat there looking dazed.

▪ I stumbled from the room dazed and confused, completely disoriented by what had just happened.

2. to become unconscious

▷ lose consciousness /ˌluːz ˈkɒnʃəsnə̇sǁ-ˈkɑːn-/ [verb phrase]

to become unconscious, for example because you are seriously ill or because a doctor has given you a drug before an operation :

▪ I remember looking down and seeing blood, and then I lost consciousness.

▪ After Atkins collapsed and lost consciousness at work, she was sent to the hospital for a scan.

▷ faint /feɪnt/ [intransitive verb]

to become unconscious so that you fall to the ground for a short time, for example because you are very hot or hungry :

▪ One of the soldiers guarding the palace fainted in the heat.

▪ I need to go outside. I feel as if I’m going to faint.

▪ I must have fainted, and when I came to I didn’t know where I was.

▷ pass out /ˌpɑːs ˈaʊtǁˌpæs-/ [intransitive phrasal verb]

to become unconscious, usually for a short time, for example because you have had too much to drink, or because you cannot breathe properly :

▪ When I first smoked a cigarette, I almost passed out.

▪ I think the poor guy passed out. It looks like he’s had a lot to drink.

▷ black out/have a blackout /ˌblæk ˈaʊt, hæv ə ˈblækaʊt/ []

to become unconscious for a short time, usually without warning and for no clear reason :

▪ Her father’s been having blackouts, and the doctor has ordered a brain scan.

▪ A man grabbed her and put a piece of cloth to her face. That’s the last thing she remembers before blacking out.

▷ slip/sink/lapse/fall into unconsciousness /ˌslɪp, ˌsɪŋk, ˌlæps, ˌfɔːl ɪntʊ ʌnˈkɒnʃəsnə̇sǁ-ˈkɑːn-/ [verb phrase]

to gradually become unconscious, especially because you are seriously ill or near to death - used especially in descriptions of events and in stories :

▪ The patient slipped into unconsciousness at around 7 am.

▪ She managed to say a few words before falling into unconsciousness again.

▷ slip/sink/lapse/fall into a coma /ˌslɪp, ˌsɪŋk, ˌlæps, ˌfɔːl ɪntʊ ə ˈkəʊmə/ [verb phrase]

to gradually become unconscious, and remain unconscious for a long time, because you are seriously ill or near to death :

▪ The patient slipped into a coma, and died two days later.

▪ After the accident she fell into a coma, and was on a life support machine for 6 months before regaining consciousness.

▷ collapse /kəˈlæps/ [intransitive verb]

to fall and become unconscious, especially because you are very ill :

▪ Come quickly, one of the passengers has collapsed.

▪ After half a dozen glasses of whisky he collapsed and could not be revived.

3. to make someone unconscious by giving them a drug

▷ anaesthetize also anesthetize American /əˈniːsθətaɪzǁəˈnes-/ [transitive verb usually in passive]

to make someone unconscious so that they will feel no pain during an operation by giving them a drug :

▪ Once the patient was fully anesthetized, the surgeon made a small incision in his chest.

▷ put somebody to sleep /ˌpʊt somebody tə ˈsliːp/ [verb phrase] informal

to make someone unconscious by giving them a drug :

▪ The doctor told me she was going to put me to sleep.

▷ knock somebody out /ˌnɒk somebody ˈaʊtǁˌnɑːk-/ [transitive phrasal verb]

if a drug knocks you out, it makes you unconscious :

▪ I needed something to knock me out - it was the only way to escape from the pain.

4. to make someone unconscious by hitting them

▷ knock somebody out/knock somebody unconscious /ˌnɒk somebody ˈaʊt, ˌnɒk somebody ʌnˈkɒnʃəsǁˌnɑːk-, -ˈkɑːn-/ [transitive phrasal verb/verb phrase]

▪ There was a fight, and Mark was knocked unconscious.

knock somebody out

▪ I hit him on the jaw and knocked him out.

knock out somebody

▪ Louis knocked out his opponent in the first round.

knock somebody out cold

▪ The impact was so sudden and so fierce, it knocked me out cold.

▷ beat somebody unconscious/beat somebody senseless /ˌbiːt somebody ʌnˈkɒnʃəsǁ-ˈkɑːn-, ˌbiːt somebody ˈsensləs/ [verb phrase]

to hit someone repeatedly until they become unconscious :

▪ Murphy was attacked by two men and beaten unconscious.

▪ She was beaten senseless and left for dead.

▷ stun /stʌn/ [transitive verb]

to make someone unconscious for a short time so that they do not know where they are, what is happening etc :

▪ They had only intended to stun the guard, to give them time to escape.

▪ Gamekeepers use special darts to stun the rhinos.

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