noun, plural cen·sus·es.
verb (used with object)
- census taker,
- census tract,
- cent sign,
Origin of census
Examples from the Web for census
Every 10 years, after the Census, legislators get together and draw district lines in collusion.Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now|John Avlon|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Byrne invented a deceased husband named William K. Richard and hid herself from census takers.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just 0.5 percent of Ferguson is of Asian descent, according to 2010 U.S. Census data.Ferguson's Other Race Problem: Riots Damaged Asian-Owned Stores|Tim Mak|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to the Census Bureau, 49 percent of Americans receive some kind of government benefits.Up To A Point: My Problem With People Who Agree With Me|P. J. O’Rourke|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The figure aligns with 2012 U.S. Census findings, and an estimate that one in five New York City children struggle to afford food.Now It’s North Korea’s Turn to List U.S. Human Rights Abuses|Nina Strochlic|May 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The diminution of population in Ireland revealed by the 1901 Census amounted to 245,000 persons.Home Rule|Harold Spender
The census, a matter commenced on the preceding year, is completed.The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08|Titus Livius
At the census of 1891 they were believed to number about 60,000, exclusive of those in the unexplored parts.
The commissioners for the 1841 census consulted him on several points, but did not in every case follow his advice.
At the census of 1901 there were 1084 parishes, and the clergy numbered 3711.
noun plural -suses
Word Origin for census
1610s, from Latin census "the enrollment of the names and property assessments of all Roman citizens," originally past participle of censere "to assess" (see censor (n.)). The modern census begins in the U.S., 1790., and Revolutionary France. Property for taxation was the primary purpose in Rome, hence Latin census also was used for "one's wealth, one's worth, wealthiness."