survey - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb [transitive] 

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/sə(r)ˈveɪ/

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/ˈsɜː(r)veɪ/
present tense
I/you/we/theysurvey
he/she/itsurveys
present participlesurveying
past tensesurveyed
past participlesurveyed
  1. 1
    [often passive] to ask a large number of people questions to find out their opinions

    19% of those surveyed say they haven’t decided who they will vote for.

  2. 2
    to look at something, or to examine something

    He sat quietly, surveying the scene around him.

    1. a.
      British to examine something such as a building to see how good its condition is
  3. 3
    to examine an area of land in order to make a map of it
    1. a.
      to examine an area of land in order to decide where buildings will go, or where the edges of someone’s property are