census

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noun cen·sus \ˈsen(t)-səs\

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 According to the latest U.S census, 16% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

  3. 3 :  count, tally a census of deer in a game refuge

census

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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 and Etymology of 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 1censor


First Known Use: 1634

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CENSUS Defined for English Language Learners

census

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noun cen·sus \ˈsen(t)-səs\

Definition of census for English Language Learners

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


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


Law Dictionary

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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