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 Despite being Vollmer's supervisor, Illingworth actually learned how to use the surveying equipment from Vollmer. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's oldest-ever state employee just retired at 102. And he's got stories.," 13 Feb. 2020 Despite being Vollmer's supervisor, Illingworth actually learned how to use the surveying equipment from Vollmer. Sarah Bowman, USA TODAY, "Indiana state employee retires at 102. It wasn't a desk job.," 13 Feb. 2020 As the machines twitched and surveyed their surroundings, a reporter asked Kitano when the match would begin. Will Knight, Wired, "Sony Envisions an AI-Fueled World, From Kitchen Bots to Games," 13 Feb. 2020 The research firm surveyed 30,741 Americans to come up with their findings. Fox News, "Americans overwhelmingly want UFO 'X-files' to be made public," 13 Feb. 2020 His support from black voters dropped in every age-group surveyed, including a 14-point drop from black voters over the age of 65 and a 13-point drop from voters ages 55 to 64. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Biden falls behind Bernie Sanders for first time in nationwide Morning Consult poll," 11 Feb. 2020 The authors of the study, who are affiliated with the International Union for Conservation of Nature Firefly Specialist Group, surveyed 350 members of the Fireflyers International Network to catalog the threats faced by the insect. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Fireflies are facing extinction due to habitat loss, pesticides and artificial light," 3 Feb. 2020 The infamous doctor surveyed newcomers to determine who was fit for labor and who was to be immediately executed. Joanna Berendt, BostonGlobe.com, "At Auschwitz, survivors plead ‘never forget’," 27 Jan. 2020 These past twelve months, candidates who wanted to discuss the acute effects of climate change could survey the flood damage that racked the state last spring. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "How an Iowa Farmer Used the Campaign-Stop Economy to Push Climate Action on 2020 Democrats," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the latest Economist/YouGov survey, 30% of Democratic voters expect Sanders to win the nomination. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "‘Not sure’ third in latest 2020 Democratic poll, ahead of Bloomberg," 13 Feb. 2020 Meijer did not participate in the survey but was still rated by the group. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Kroger, Target are only grocery chains in Michigan to pass food recall test," 13 Feb. 2020 But this assumption doesn’t match up with the reality documented in past surveys. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Climate change may not claim as many species as we thought," 12 Feb. 2020 Valve's own Index hardware suite, in particular, didn't see a massive jump in this survey. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Steam: Virtual reality’s biggest-ever jump in users happened last month," 12 Feb. 2020 In the latest Quinnipiac survey, the former New York City mayor has jumped into second place among black voters, coming in at 22 percent -- an increase of 15 percentage points since Quinnipiac’s poll a month ago. oregonlive, "Mike Bloomberg leaps up national polls – thanks in part to surprisingly strong showing among African-Americans," 11 Feb. 2020 The most recent evidence comes in a survey just published by Pew Research Centre, a think-tank, covering 16 of NATO’s 29 member countries. The Economist, "Transatlantic tensions NATO defies “brain death”," 10 Feb. 2020 For a period in the fall, Warren had overtaken Sanders and had briefly caught Biden in national surveys. David Faris, TheWeek, "2 winners and 3 losers from Iowa," 7 Feb. 2020 Revenue rose 11 percent to $1.01 billion, slightly higher than the $994.5 million predicted in a Bloomberg analyst survey. BostonGlobe.com, "Au pair agency leaving Massachusetts in wake of minimum wage ruling," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for survey

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

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Last Updated

16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Survey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survey. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for survey

survey

verb
How to pronounce survey (audio)

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
How to pronounce survey (audio)

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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