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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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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So far, its fruits include a brain cell census and a device that converts brain activity into speech. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "For a decade, Francis Collins has shielded NIH—while making waves of his own," 15 Aug. 2019 Peggy O’Hare covers housing, demographics and the census in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Families, authorities hope dramatic boost in reward solves mystery of deadly San Marcos fire," 2 Aug. 2019 There’s still time before next year’s census to change that. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How Prisons Inflate Rural Voters’ Power," 2 Aug. 2019 Adult home representatives say the census is largely out of their control. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "After Failing Mentally Ill New Yorkers, Adult Homes Get Second Chance," 30 July 2019 The national picture also has gotten bleaker for prospective homeowners since their parents and grandparents generations, according to Clever Real Estate’s analysis of census and home data. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area housing: It’s even harder than you thought to buy," 29 July 2019 This was during the time that the Commerce Department would have been developing its plan to deploy the very first digital census. David Carroll, Quartz, "China embraces its surveillance state. The US pretends it doesn’t have one," 23 July 2019 Princess Anne has also joined the Swan Uppers on their traditional bird census. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "How a South Dakota Woman Became the Queen's First Female 'Royal Swan Upper' in 800 Years," 22 July 2019 The annual count takes place in cities across the country during the last 10 days in January and serves as a census of a city's homeless population — both sheltered and unsheltered. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "The extreme heat is hard on Indianapolis' homeless. Here's how you can help.," 19 July 2019

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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

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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

noun
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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