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censor

[ sen-ser ]
/ ˈsɛn sər /
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noun
verb (used with object)
to examine and act upon as a censor.
to delete (a word or passage of text) in one's capacity as a censor.
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Origin of censor

1525–35; <Latin cēnsor, equivalent to cēns(ēre) to give as one's opinion, recommend, assess + -tor-tor; -sor for *-stor by analogy with derivatives from dentals, as tōnsor barber (see tonsorial)

OTHER WORDS FROM censor

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH censor

censer, censor , censure, sensor
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How to use censor in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for censor

censor
/ (ˈsɛnsə) /

noun
a person authorized to examine publications, theatrical presentations, films, letters, etc, in order to suppress in whole or part those considered obscene, politically unacceptable, etc
any person who controls or suppresses the behaviour of others, usually on moral grounds
(in republican Rome) either of two senior magistrates elected to keep the list of citizens up to date, control aspects of public finance, and supervise public morals
psychoanal the postulated factor responsible for regulating the translation of ideas and desires from the unconscious to the conscious mindSee also superego
verb (tr)
to ban or cut portions of (a publication, film, letter, etc)
to act as a censor of (behaviour, etc)

Derived forms of censor

censorable, adjectivecensorial (sɛnˈsɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for censor

C16: from Latin, from cēnsēre to consider, assess
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