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noun cen·sus \ˈsen(t)-səs\

Simple Definition of census

  • : the official process of counting the number of people in a country, city, or town and collecting information about them

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of census

  1. 1 :  a count of the population and a property evaluation in early Rome

  2. 2 :  a usually complete enumeration of a population; specifically :  a periodic governmental enumeration of population

  3. 3 :  count, tally

census transitive verb

Examples of census in a sentence

  1. According to the latest census, the racial makeup of the town has changed dramatically in the last 50 years.

  2. <a thorough census of all the grizzly bears living within the national park>



Origin of census

Latin, from censēre


First Known Use: 1634

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CENSUS Defined for Kids

census

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noun cen·sus \ˈsen-səs\

Definition of census for Students

  1. :  a count of the number of people in a country, city, or town




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census

noun cen·sus

Legal Definition of census

  1. :  a usually complete count of a population (as of a state); especially :  a periodic governmental count of a population that usually includes social and economic information (as occupations, ages, and incomes)





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