survey

verb
sur·vey | \ sər-ˈvā , ˈsər-ˌvā \
surveyed; surveying

Definition of survey 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2 : to determine and delineate the form, extent, and position of (such as a tract of land) by taking linear and angular measurements and by applying the principles of geometry and trigonometry

3 : to view or consider comprehensively

4 : inspect, scrutinize he surveyed us in a lordly way —Alan Harrington

intransitive verb

: to make a survey

survey

noun
sur·vey | \ ˈsər-ˌvā , sər-ˈvā \
plural surveys

Definition of survey (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of surveying: such as

a : a broad treatment of a subject

b : poll sense 5a

2 : something that is surveyed

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Examples of survey in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

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

Recent polls by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) found that only 49% of people surveyed believed recycling reduces greenhouse emissions. Stacey Mckenna, Cincinnati.com, "Recycling is easier — and better for the environment — than you think," 5 July 2018 Hartford ranked about in the middle of 25 U.S. cities surveyed for administrative costs at financial service companies, hampered by high energy costs but benefiting from relatively low office rents, according to a recent consultant’s study. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Study: Hartford Competitive In Office Costs, Though Businesses Hit By Pricey Energy," 19 June 2018 However, there were people, including myself, who believed that Trump and the 59 percent of white Americans surveyed by CNN who support the NFL rule fining players who don’t stand for the national anthem didn’t understand the issue. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump Admits the NFL Protests Actually Worked," 8 June 2018 More than 70% of the people surveyed reported feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "New Study Shows LGBTQ Youth Feel Anxious and Depressed," 16 May 2018 Fewer than half of the children surveyed got their initial diagnoses by age 4. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "NJ leads nation's climbing autism rate, CDC report says," 26 Apr. 2018 Though foster youth can get birth control through Medicaid, only half of those surveyed for the study knew who could authorize a prescription. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Study: Texas foster children five times as likely to get pregnant than other teens," 16 Apr. 2018 At the other end of the career path, only about half of executives surveyed said their firms help older workers transition to new roles. Jeff Green, Bloomberg.com, "Companies Lament Skills Shortage But Skimp on Worker Training," 3 Apr. 2018 Jerry received his degree in land surveying from the International Correspondence School. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 3/29," 29 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But this isn’t a subscription service: Customers will fill out a survey and a stylist will handpick five items specifically for them. refinery29.com, "Affordable & Ethically Sourced Diamonds You Can Try Before You Buy," 13 July 2018 JD Power’s survey found that more than half of respondents would be willing to pursue litigation if they were involved in an incident with a driverless car. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Home From the Honeymoon, the Self-Driving Car Industry Faces Reality," 13 July 2018 But Letts surveys her life with uncommon empathy, never judging her missteps or seeking to place blame. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mary Page Marlowe': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 Parking Property Advisors and the parking app Parkopedia released a survey this year that gathered parking price data on the top 40 U.S. markets — and Louisville was consistently among the cheapest in the country. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville downtown parking cost are rising. Are we being overcharged?," 13 July 2018 Another study published in 2017 using survey data from 114 European regions found a correlation between areas with higher shares of migrants and a lack of support for a generous welfare state. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 This national survey explored consumers’ health goals and preferences, as well as the patient-doctor relationship in the evolving health landscape. Karen S. Lynch, STAT, "Everyone deserves a holistic, patient-centric health care system," 12 July 2018 Although unemployment rates have fluctuated around the lowest percent in 18 years, more than half of employed Americans are looking to leave their current jobs, according to a Gallup survey released this month. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Facebook Named Best Company to Work For in the U.S. by Indeed," 12 July 2018 When the center undertook a 2015 audience survey to gauge satisfaction, more than 60 percent of respondents complained about the seats. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of survey

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for survey

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French surveer, to look over, from sur- + veer to see — more at view

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survey

verb

English Language Learners Definition of survey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

survey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of survey (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

survey

verb
sur·vey | \ sər-ˈvā \
surveyed; surveying

Kids Definition of survey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to look over : examine The governor surveyed damage caused by the flood.

2 : to find out the size, shape, or boundaries of (as a piece of land)

3 : to gather information from : ask questions of We surveyed students to find out who was the most popular teacher.

survey

noun
sur·vey | \ ˈsər-ˌvā \
plural surveys

Kids Definition of survey (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action or an instance of gathering information or examining something

2 : something that is examined

3 : a history or description that covers a large subject briefly

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