sur·​vey·​or | \ sər-ˈvā-ər How to pronounce surveyor (audio) \

Definition of surveyor

: one that surveys especially : one whose occupation is surveying land

Examples of surveyor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same surveyor later made a home visit to another SunCrest patient, who had been in multiple car accidents. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, "Overworked, Underpaid, and Cutting Corners: The Crisis in Home Health Care," 9 Feb. 2021 Gordon was found guilty of assaulting his neighbor, Bahram Pahlavi, over the placement of a property marker by a surveyor hired by Pahlavi, the judge said. Globe Staff,, "Barrington man found guilty of disorderly conduct and assaulting his Iranian-American neighbor," 3 Feb. 2021 Two such letters reviewed by the OHCQ surveyor, dated June 2 and June 9, did not contain specific documentation related to the facility. Mary Grace Keller,, "Report: Westminster Healthcare Center failed to properly isolate residents, notify families of COVID-19 cases," 7 Oct. 2020 According to a January poll by ARD-DeutchlandTrend, a leading political opinion surveyor in Germany, 27 per cent of CDU supporters polled were in favor of Merz, 22 per cent for Röttgen and 18 per cent for Armin Laschet. Madeline Roache, Time, "Angela Merkel's CDU Party Is Choosing a New Leader. Whoever Wins Might Become Germany's Next Chancellor," 14 Jan. 2021 In November 1799, the Leonid shower was recorded by Andrew Ellicott, an American surveyor on a mission to establish the boundary between the U.S. and the Spanish territory of Florida. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Awed by the Meteor Shower of the New Year’s Sky," 1 Jan. 2021 Cooper later spent a couple of his summers in Alaska working as a homestead surveyor before graduating in 1956 from Oberlin College in Ohio. Louie Estrada,, "Richard Cooper, Harvard economist who advised presidents, dies at 86," 9 Jan. 2021 Sickdhar worked under the British-India Survey Office’s surveyor general Sir George Everest, who retired to Britain. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Is Mount Everest Really Two Feet Taller?," 10 Dec. 2020 In the 19th century, Sir George Everest, the former surveyor general of the British-India Survey Office, and his team measured the peak at 8,840.07 meters, or 29,002.85 feet. New York Times, "Nepal and China Say Mount Everest Is Two Feet Higher," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of surveyor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Surveyor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of surveyor

: someone whose job is to measure and examine an area of land
British : someone whose job is to examine buildings


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Kids Definition of surveyor

: a person whose occupation is determining the size, shape, or boundaries of pieces of land

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