noun cen·sus \ˈsen(t)-səs\

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

Full Definition of CENSUS

:  a count of the population and a property evaluation in early Rome
:  a usually complete enumeration of a population; specifically :  a periodic governmental enumeration of population
:  count, tally
census transitive verb

Examples of CENSUS

  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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abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb
CENSUS Defined for Kids


noun cen·sus \ˈsen-səs\

Definition of CENSUS for Kids

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


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