Pronunciation: (sen'sus), [key]
—n., pl. -sus•es,
1. an official enumeration of the population, with details as to age, sex, occupation, etc.
2. (in ancient Rome) the registration of citizens and their property, for purposes of taxation.
to take a census of (a country, city, etc.): The entire nation is censused every 10 years.
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