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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census transitive verb

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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 Under the state’s standards, the café is located within a census tract where only nine onsite sale licenses are recommended. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021 But the census tract that grew the fastest during the decade was tract 55.02, in Montgomery County, near the city of Pike Road. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 5 Sep. 2021 The census tract that includes The Banks contributed to the gain. Steven Litt, cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021 The analysis used a 70 percent threshold for racial groups to determine the predominate racial group in each census tract. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Using detailed maps that show vaccines given by ZIP code or census tract, the health departments highlight underperforming areas being masked by a county’s overall vaccination rate. Markian Hawryluk, oregonlive, 31 July 2021 In the census tract where Daniel lives in Richmond, the median household income is $14,725 —almost five times lower than the national median. Josh Boak, ajc, 15 July 2021 In the census tract where Daniel lives in Richmond, the median household income is $14,725 —almost five times lower than the national median. Josh Boak, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2021 In the census tract where Daniel lives in Richmond, the median household income is $14,725 —almost five times lower than the national median. Josh Boak, Chron, 15 July 2021

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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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23 Oct 2021

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“Census.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/census. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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