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"census" in British English

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censusnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsen.səs/
a ​count for ​officialpurposes, ​especially one to ​count the ​number of ​peopleliving in a ​country and to ​collectinformation 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 ​officialpurposes, esp. one to ​count the ​number of ​peopleliving in a ​country and to ​obtaininformation 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   us   /ˈsensəs/
an occasion when ​people or things are ​officially counted, especially when the ​people in a country or particular ​area are counted and ​generalinformation about them is ​recorded. The ​reportlisting 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 ​searchedonline.
(Definition of census from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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