survey

verb
sur·​vey | \ sər-ˈvā How to pronounce survey (audio) , 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 How to pronounce survey (audio) , 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
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 Many of the roads in Little Rock were covered with ice and snow; thousands were without power as Stodola mobilized the city's few snowplows and later took a helicopter ride with executives from electric utility Entergy to survey the damage. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, "State snowstorms seen as historical standouts," 22 Feb. 2021 Both Serraglio and Misztal agree the incoming Biden administration needs to take immediate action to survey the damage that’s been done, and prioritize restoration to reverse the damage caused by wall construction. Lucy Sherriff, Popular Science, "How the Trump border wall sapped a desert oasis dry," 6 Jan. 2021 On Thursday morning, many woke up to survey the damage. Faimon Roberts, NOLA.com, "Need to report tree damage or downed power lines? Here are the numbers to call," 29 Oct. 2020 These differences seem to reflect how regularly coastal states survey their shores, Weimerskirch says. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Albatrosses Outfitted With GPS Trackers Detect Illegal Fishing Vessels," 27 Jan. 2020 At the turn of the century, ecologist Michael Fay embarked on a 2,000-mile trek through central Africa to survey its remaining stretches of pristine wilderness. Nick Nichols, Photography, "Nat Geo’s 21 most compelling images of the 21st century," 8 Dec. 2020 Best and Gaffney still meet nearly every week to survey the conditions. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "‘Every park needs a Nancy Best’: Philanthropist funding Dallas ‘super fountain’ doesn’t donate and walk away," 4 Dec. 2020 In that group, political scientists say there are also people who give the equivalent of the party line answer to survey takers, regardless of their real beliefs. New York Times, "Most Republicans Say They Doubt the Election. How Many Really Mean It?," 30 Nov. 2020 Chih-Sheng, of the Fisheries Agency, wrote in an email that the agency assigned an overseas officer to survey the foreign crew members. National Geographic, "Wildlife crimes and human rights abuses plague Taiwanese fishing vessels, crews say," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The program establishes a $500 a month basic income for 125 people selected from respondents to a survey that will be mailed to 4,000 residents. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, "Gary will take part in universal income pilot program: 125 residents to receive $500 a month for a year," 25 Feb. 2021 No other technology could produce such a comprehensive survey. Julia Rosen, Science | AAAS, "Fleets of radar satellites are measuring movements on Earth like never before," 25 Feb. 2021 The very early survey results reveal the majority of parents agree with Gillespie. John Benson, cleveland, "New quarantine requirements find Parma City Schools considering moving up all-in instruction to March 22," 25 Feb. 2021 The latest of three surveys conducted by the ICMR, showed a nearly 22% antibody positivity rate in December and January -- more than three times higher than last August and September, when an earlier survey found a rate of 6-7%. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India was in crisis months ago. Why have its Covid cases plummeted?," 24 Feb. 2021 Ultimately though, AfD may be fighting against the tide; a majority of the public is in favor of placing the party under observation, according to a 2018 survey. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can Germany police an extremist party without playing politics?," 24 Feb. 2021 One thing that did stand out of this survey of 15,000 people: More than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "It’s time to put employees first," 24 Feb. 2021 Minnesota detains more offenders per capita than any of the 20 states that have civil commitment laws, and is third behind California and Florida in the total number of committed offenders, according to a 2019 survey of such programs. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "Case challenging constitutionality of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program can move forward," 24 Feb. 2021 Education Commissioner Mike Morath told legislators Monday that the state likely won’t know the full cost of the storm until next month when schools submit survey responses. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Students at a Mesquite school forced to relocate after winter storm damage," 23 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of survey was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

26 Feb 2021

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“Survey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survey. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce survey (audio) \
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 How to pronounce survey (audio) \
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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