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

On average, forecasters surveyed in July predicted gross domestic product would grow 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2018 from a year earlier. Ben Leubsdorf, WSJ, "Economists Think U.S. Unemployment Is Headed to a 50-Year Low," 12 July 2018 In a study published in ScienceDirect earlier this year, Adair and others found that 48 percent of those surveyed in the Game Quitters community reported some history of mood disorders. Amelia Nierenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Diagnosis of ‘gaming disorder’ sparks debate," 4 July 2018 Because of the political climate here, interest in coming to the US decreased for one-third of 2,104 prospective international students surveyed in February 2017. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "International students to US: Do you really want us?," 2 July 2018 In fact, one in three young adults surveyed in 2015 had imbibed at least one mixed drink containing alcohol and caffeine in the previous year, according to a National Institute on Drug Abuse survey of 4,000 people between the ages of 19 and 28. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Actually Happens When You Combine Alcohol and Caffeine?," 29 June 2018 Sixty percent of women surveyed in June had a negative view of Trump, a nearly 20 percentage point increase since February. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Poll: Pence gains in approval ratings thanks to independents and men," 21 June 2018 By more than 3-1, 64 percent to 18 percent, those surveyed in a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll say the president doesn’t have the power to pardon himself. Susan Page And Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, "Poll: Pardon me? Most say Trump should be impeached if he pardons himself," 19 June 2018 Federal postal officials don't release reports on how many packages are stolen every year, but according to Shorr Packaging Corp., 30 percent of those surveyed in 2017 have had a package stolen. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Let Amazon in your house? Get mail at your desk? Here’s how to beat ‘porch pirates’," 13 June 2018 Of the more than 11,500 employers surveyed in the United States, 24 percent expect to add to their work forces and 3 percent expect a decline in their payrolls from July to September. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hiring to increase in July-September, but so could layoffs, report finds," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The desire for dedicated pickleball courts ranked in the top 25 things residents wanted the Naperville Park District to provide, according to a survey conducted in March. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "Naperville answering demand for pickleball with new courts at Nike Complex, Southwest Park," 14 July 2018 And nearly a quarter of teen respondents to the Pew survey (24 percent) described the effect of social media on their lives as mostly negative. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "'Eighth Grade' goes inside the mind of an iPhone-addled teen girl," 14 July 2018 La Silla Vacía, Colombia’s third-most-influential news source, according to a recent survey, receives 57% of its revenue from grants and 28% from advertising and sponsorships. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Most people predict a global shift to using blockchain and cryptocurrency to occur in less than 10 years, according to a 2015 survey by the World Economic Forum. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 Only half of the nation’s 30,000 fire departments have all personnel trained to fight structure fires, according to a recent survey. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 The average guess of those responding to the survey was 4.8 years. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, seven in 10 Americans say they are exhausted by the news. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Eliminating the tax could increase food stores to an average of 37 days from 26, according to a survey that the food association conducted of its members in February. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 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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