verb sur·vey \sər-ˈvā, ˈsər-ˌ\

: to ask (many people) a question or a series of questions in order to gather information about what most people do or think about something

: to look at and examine all parts of (something)

: to measure and examine (an area of land)


Full Definition of SURVEY

transitive verb
a :  to examine as to condition, situation, or value :  appraise
b :  to query (someone) in order to collect data for the analysis of some aspect of a group or area
:  to determine and delineate the form, extent, and position of (as a tract of land) by taking linear and angular measurements and by applying the principles of geometry and trigonometry
:  to view or consider comprehensively
:  inspect, scrutinize <he surveyed us in a lordly way — Alan Harrington>
intransitive verb
:  to make a survey

Examples of SURVEY

  1. A total of 250 city residents were surveyed about the project.
  2. 64 percent of the people surveyed said that the economy was doing well.
  3. The teacher surveyed the room.
  4. People were surveying the damage after the storm.
  5. Engineers surveyed the property to see what could be built on it.

Origin of SURVEY

Middle English, from Anglo-French surveer, to look over, from sur- + veer to see — more at view
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with SURVEY

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noun sur·vey \ˈsər-ˌvā, sər-ˈ\

: an activity in which many people are asked a question or a series of questions in order to gather information about what most people do or think about something

: an act of studying something in order to make a judgment about it

: an act of measuring and examining an area of land

plural surveys

Full Definition of SURVEY

:  the act or an instance of surveying: as
a :  a broad treatment of a subject
b :  poll 5a
:  something that is surveyed

Examples of SURVEY

  1. The survey found some surprising tendencies among the population.
  2. We conducted an opinion survey on the issue and found that most people agree.
  3. a survey on American drinking habits
  4. Surveys of each department were conducted earlier this year.
  5. A survey of recent corporate layoffs reveals a new trend in business management.
  6. A new land survey changed the borders of their property.

First Known Use of SURVEY


Other Cartography Terms

Robinson projection, benchmark, plat, projection, topography
SURVEYED Defined for Kids


verb sur·vey \sər-ˈvā\

Definition of SURVEY for Kids

:  to look over :  examine <The governor surveyed damage caused by the flood.>
:  to find out the size, shape, or boundaries of (as a piece of land)
:  to gather information from :  ask questions of <We surveyed students to find out who was the most popular teacher.>


noun sur·vey \ˈsər-ˌvā\
plural surveys

Definition of SURVEY for Kids

:  the action or an instance of gathering information or examining something
:  something that is examined
:  a history or description that covers a large subject briefly


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