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census

[ sen-suhs ]
/ ˈsɛn səs /
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noun, plural cen·sus·es.

an official enumeration of the population, with details as to age, sex, occupation, etc.
(in ancient Rome) the registration of citizens and their property, for purposes of taxation.

verb (used with object)

to take a census of (a country, city, etc.): The entire nation is censused every 10 years.

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Origin of census

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin: “a listing and property assessment of citizens,” equivalent to cēns(ēre) “to assess, register (citizens) in a census” + -tus suffix of verb action; for -s- in place of -st-see censor

OTHER WORDS FROM census

cen·su·al [sen-shoo-uhl], /ˈsɛn ʃu əl/, adjectivepre·cen·sus, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH census

census , consensus
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British Dictionary definitions for census

census
/ (ˈsɛnsəs) /

noun plural -suses

an official periodic count of a population including such information as sex, age, occupation, etc
any offical counta traffic census
(in ancient Rome) a registration of the population and a property evaluation for purposes of taxation

Derived forms of census

censual, adjective

Word Origin for census

C17: from Latin, from cēnsēre to assess
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