census

noun
cen·​sus | \ ˈsen(t)-səs How to pronounce census (audio) \

Definition of census

1 : a count of the population and a property evaluation in early Rome
2 : a usually complete enumeration of a population specifically : a periodic governmental enumeration of population According to the latest U.S census, 16% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
3 : count, tally a census of deer in a game refuge

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Examples of census in a Sentence

According to the latest census, the racial makeup of the town has changed dramatically in the last 50 years. a thorough census of all the grizzly bears living within the national park
Recent Examples on the Web Last June, the chief justice sided with liberals in striking down the Trump administration's effort to include a question on citizenship in the 2020 census. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Aligning with liberals on DACA and LGBTQ rights, Chief Justice John Roberts asserts his independence," 20 June 2020 Antibody tests were positive for about 6 percent of the census tract residents. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Shelter In Place Works—If You Can Afford to Stay Home," 19 June 2020 Last year, the court forced the administration to back off a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Mark Sherman, Houston Chronicle, "Court rejects Trump bid to end DACA program for young immigrants," 18 June 2020 Last year, the court forced the administration to back off a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Mark Sherman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Supreme Court rejects Trump's promise to end DACA," 18 June 2020 Last year, the court forced the administration to back off a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court rejects Trump’s attempt to end DACA, a win for immigrants brought to US as children," 18 June 2020 With this decision, Justice Roberts has extended his ruling on the census, demanding executive candor regarding DACA as well. Morgan Marietta, The Conversation, "Supreme Court ruling on Dreamers sends a clear message to the White House: You have to tell the truth," 18 June 2020 This comes as state legislatures are set to play a major role in redistricting following the 2020 census. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Joe Biden and ActBlue rake in big money in May," 15 June 2020 Wisconsin lost a congressional seat after the 2000 census, dropping from nine to eight. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three Wisconsin counties lead nation in filling out census forms," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of census

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for census

borrowed from Latin cēnsus, from cēnsēre "to give as an opinion, assess, appraise, perform the duties of a censor" + -tus, suffix of verbal action — more at censor entry 1

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The first known use of census was in 1634

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24 Jun 2020

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“Census.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/census. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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census

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English Language Learners Definition of census

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

census

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cen·​sus | \ ˈsen-səs How to pronounce census (audio) \

Kids Definition of census

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

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Legal Definition of census

: 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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