Definition of census noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsensəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsensəs//
(pl. censuses)
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the process of officially counting something, especially a country’s population, and recording various facts to take a census A national census is taken every ten years. the questions asked in the census Word Originearly 17th cent. (denoting a poll tax): from Latin, applied to the registration of citizens and property in ancient Rome, usually for taxation, from censere ‘assess’. The current sense dates from the mid 18th cent.
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