census

noun
cen·​sus | \ˈsen(t)-səs \

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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Other Words from census

census transitive verb

Synonyms for census

Synonyms

count, tale, tally

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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

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If people disagree on the results of an election, or whether a census process is accurate, then democracy suffers. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 The last census, from 2001, counted 151,000 Hungarians, but unofficial estimates now see around 120,000. Pablo Gorondi, The Seattle Times, "Ukraine’s Hungarian minority threatened by new education law," 14 Nov. 2018 But even during the human sample frenzy, the cell census is not the only ambitious project underway at the Allen Institute. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 The 2016 census posted a population of 1,747, so understandably, there are only a few (but all totally great) places to stay. Hannah Zisman, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Eat and Drink in Marfa, Texas," 24 July 2018 For five days every summer, the royal family participates in Swan Upping, or the annual census of mute swans on the River Thames. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Royal Family’s Oddest Tradition: Swan Upping," 17 July 2018 The last census in 2008 had the average per capita income at $26,984. John Smallwood, Philly.com, "Female athletes keep plugging away in sports that don't offer big money," 5 July 2018 The annual census reported to NOAA on Sunday by the Center for Whale Research tallies just 75 southern residents, the lowest number in decades. Anchorage Daily News, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 3 July 2018 Hence, insane voter ID laws, changes to the census, norm-busting à la refusing to hold hearings on Obama's judicial nominees. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018

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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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census

noun

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

noun
cen·​sus | \ˈsen-səs \

Kids Definition of census

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

census

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cen·​sus

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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