1. An official, usually periodic enumeration of a population, often including the collection of related demographic information.
2. In ancient Rome, a count of the citizens and an evaluation of their property for taxation purposes.
tr.v. cen·sused, cen·sus·ing, cen·sus·ed
To include in a census; conduct a census of: "Every plant one centimeter in diameter or larger is censused every five years" (John P. Wiley, Jr.)
[Latin cēnsus, registration of citizens, from cēnsēre, to assess; see kens- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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