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Etymology 1[edit]


cense (third-person singular simple present censes, present participle censing, simple past and past participle censed)

  1. To perfume with incense.
    • Dryden
      The Salii sing and cense his altars round.
    • 1989, H. T. Willetts (translator), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (author), August 1914, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN, page 205:
      Alternatively he would make a pretty good deacon: tall, well built, with quite a good voice, assiduously censing every nook and cranny, endowed with a certain histrionic talent, and perhaps also a genuine devotion to the service of God.

Etymology 2[edit]

Old French cense, French cens, Latin census.


cense (plural censes)

  1. (obsolete) A census.
  2. (obsolete) A public rate or tax.
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  3. (obsolete) condition; rank
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cense in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)





  1. second-person singular present active imperative of cēnseō




  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of censar.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of censar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of censar.