survey

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verb

sur·​vey sər-ˈvā How to pronounce survey (audio)
ˈsər-ˌvā
surveyed; surveying

transitive verb

1
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
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 wayAlan Harrington

intransitive verb

: to make a survey

survey

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noun

sur·​vey ˈsər-ˌvā How to pronounce survey (audio)
sər-ˈvā
plural surveys
1
: the act or an instance of surveying: such as
a
: a broad treatment of a subject
2
: something that is surveyed

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
India currently ranks 161 out of 180 countries surveyed in the World Press Index, an analysis of levels of journalistic freedom. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 According to a recent report by SITA, in which 292 airlines and 382 airports around the world were surveyed, 70 percent of global airlines are expected to use some sort of biometric identification by 2026 and 90 percent of airports are currently investing in the technology. Christine Chung, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Researchers surveying for Coccidioides collect samples from rodent holes in the Carrizo Plain National Monument in Santa Margarita, California. Zoya Teirstein, WIRED, 17 Feb. 2024 The study, published in the journal Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology, surveyed 269,725 men who had been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction without any memory problems or cognitive deficits. Angelica Stabile, Fox News, 16 Feb. 2024 Start your market research by surveying those close to you, ask questions, and get feedback. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 One in ten students surveyed by FIRE in 2023 reported the same thing. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, 15 Feb. 2024 The idea then, for a book surveying the work of Black women’s photography in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s, lay dormant for several decades. Suyin Haynes, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 Under the pact, an independent expert would survey the jobs in question and make recommendations to the company to ensure its policies are consistent with equal-pay laws. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024
Noun
About 41% of the Gen Z workforce plans to attend physical classes to learn new skills, a higher percentage than both Gen X and baby boomers, according to LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Confidence survey. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024 Presenting American audiences a diverse survey of contemporary African artists for the first time in a gallery setting marks a great opportunity for U.S. collectors, but also a risk for the owners. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Conducting surveys to identify those mines will be a gargantuan challenge. Justin Ling, WIRED, 19 Feb. 2024 But the survey also pointed out that the majority of Californians, including myself, are happy living here. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Based on state assessment proficiency and survey responses on academics from students and parents. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 17 Feb. 2024 An internal survey of employees found that the water district is disproportionately white and male, compared to the county population. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 More than 82 million Americans listen to AM radio monthly, according to the 2022 Nielsen Fall survey. Eduardo Medina, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The sample was drawn through SSRS’s Opinion Panel, an ongoing survey panel recruited through random sampling of U.S. households. Scott Clement, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Survey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survey. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

survey

1 of 2 verb
sur·​vey sər-ˈvā How to pronounce survey (audio)
ˈsər-ˌvā
surveyed; surveying
1
: to look over and examine closely
2
: to find out the size, shape, and position of (as an area of land)
3
: to gather information from or about
4
: to make a survey

survey

2 of 2 noun
sur·​vey ˈsər-ˌvā How to pronounce survey (audio)
sər-ˈvā
plural surveys
: the act or an instance of surveying or of applying the principles and methods of surveying
also : something that is surveyed

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