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ˈsɛn səscen·sus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. census, nose count, nosecount(verb)

    a periodic count of the population

  2. census(verb)

    conduct a census

    "They censused the deer in the forest"


  1. census(Noun)

    An official count of members of a population (not necessarily human), usually residents or citizens in a particular region, often done at regular intervals.

  2. census(Verb)

    To collect a census.

  3. Origin: From census, from censeo. See censor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Census(noun)

    a numbering of the people, and valuation of their estate, for the purpose of imposing taxes, etc.; -- usually made once in five years

  2. Census(noun)

    an official registration of the number of the people, the value of their estates, and other general statistics of a country

  3. Origin: [L. census, fr. censere. See Censor.]


  1. Census

    A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to coordinate international practice. The word is of Latin origin; during the Roman Republic, the census was a list that kept track of all adult males fit for military service. The modern census is essential to international comparisons of any kind of statistics and censuses collect data on many attributes of the population, not just how many people there are, although population estimates remain an important function of the census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Census

    sen′sus, n. an official enumeration of the inhabitants of a country, and of statistics relating to them.—adj. Cen′sual, relating to or containing a census. [L. census, a register.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'census' in Nouns Frequency: #2717

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of census in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of census in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of census in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Pelosi:

    That's why they're fighting the census.

  2. Veljko Bosnic:

    The census is way off, there's a helluva lot more.

  3. Robert Shapiro:

    This is likely to be a very flawed – and perhaps even failed – Census.

  4. Ron Jarmin:

    We expect that (the census) will be a target for those sorts of efforts in 2020.

  5. Jessica Levinson:

    The longer he has this conversation, the worse it is for an accurate census count.

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