Meaning of “census” in the English Dictionary

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"census" in British English

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censusnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsen.səs/ us /ˈsen.səs/

a count for official purposes, especially one to count the number of people living in a country and to collect information about them:

We have a census in this country every ten years.
She was stopped in her car for a traffic census.

(Definition of “census” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"census" in American English

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censusnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsen·səs/

politics & government a count for official purposes, esp. one to count the number of people living in a country and to obtain information such as age, sex, race, etc.

(Definition of “census” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"census" in Business English

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censusnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsensəs/ us

an occasion when people or things are officially counted, especially when the people in a country or particular area are counted and general information about them is recorded. The report listing this information is also called a census:

national/state/government census According to the state census, 89.6% of eligible Hispanics voters were registered.
carry out/conduct/perform a census A national census is carried out every ten years.
Data on the number of commuters was collected in a traffic census.
The census of 1901 is now available to be searched online.

(Definition of “census” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)