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 About a half hour later, Kiernan, a land surveyor, was still thinking about the odd character from his morning commute when Kenny stumbled onto Kiernan’s worksite. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 13 May 2022 Baker works as a project development team leader and land surveyor for Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, according to his filing for candidacy. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 The Tribune made multiple calls to the surveyor’s office for more information, which were not returned. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Dec. 2021 Since Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, four people have led the city as chief executive, two were career civil servants, one was a shipping tycoon and the other was a chartered surveyor. Robert Olsen, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Other singers who earned golden tickets to Hollywood include 21-year-old security officer Fritz Hager, 24-year-old land surveyor Dan Marshall Griffith and 23-year-old temp agency worker Haley Slaton, who auditioned while over 5 months pregnant. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2022 Melvin Hazen, who died in 1941, mapped woodlands outside downtown D.C. as the city grew beyond its original street plan and became D.C.’s surveyor in 1908 before being appointed to its Board of Commissioners. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 Elmo though few seemed to call him that — was a city surveyor, pioneer in Alaska surveying and fierce advocate for winter sports education in schools. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022 Aylesworth drafted a bill that outlined the procedures to remove an auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor and assessor for not going into work at least one day a month. Alexandra Kukulka,, 7 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of surveyor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 May 2022

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“Surveyor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of surveyor

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

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