to take a general or comprehensive view of or appraise, as a situation, area of study, etc.
to view in detail, especially to inspect, examine, or appraise formally or officially in order to ascertain condition, value, etc.
to conduct a survey of or among: to survey TV viewers.
to determine the exact form, boundaries, position, extent, etc., of (a tract of land, section of a country, etc.) by linear and angular measurements and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry.
to survey land; practice surveying.
an act or instance of surveying or of taking a comprehensive view of something: The course is a survey of Italian painting.
a formal or official examination of the particulars of something, made in order to ascertain condition, character, etc.
a statement or description embodying the result of this: They presented their survey to the board of directors.
a sampling, or partial collection, of facts, figures, or opinions taken and used to approximate or indicate what a complete collection and analysis might reveal: The survey showed the percentage of the population that planned to vote.
the act of determining the exact form, boundaries, position, etc., as of a tract of land or section of a country, by linear measurements, angular measurements, etc.
the plan or description resulting from such an operation.
an agency for making determinations: U.S. Geological Survey.
- sur·vey·a·ble, adjective
- pre·sur·vey, noun
- pre·sur·vey, verb (used with object)
- self-survey, noun
- self-sur·veyed, adjective
- un·sur·vey·a·ble, adjective
- un·sur·veyed, adjective
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How to use survey in a sentence
So we conducted a survey to learn more about how public schools use insects.Insects can be the ultimate teaching tool for kids | By Kawahara, Ennes & Markee/The Conversation | November 20, 2020 | Popular-Science
The survey also finds a large gap in perceptions of how well the elections were administered and whether votes were counted accurately.Live updates: Georgia secretary of state issues correction, saying certification of its general election results is still under way | John Wagner, Colby Itkowitz, Michelle Lee | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
More than 900 users participated in the survey, which was translated into 13 languages.Global study finds pandemic exacerbates inequities for trans people | Kaela Roeder | November 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
A survey from the American Alliance of Museums released this week found almost one-third of museums remain closed after eight months and more than half of museums have had to furlough or layoff staffers.Smithsonian, National Gallery to close as coronavirus cases spike | Peggy McGlone, Sebastian Smee | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
A casual visual survey, I figured, ought to steer me directly into the heart of a particularly woolly botanical beast.
Two years ago, a Party apparatchik surveyed the site of a fatal traffic accident… with a smile on his face.
In fact, these ideas received the most support of any issue surveyed in an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll this month.The Student Loan Crisis That Isn’t About Kids at Harvard | Monica Potts | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Kardashian, ever the opportunist, no doubt surveyed the gluteus landscape and wanted in on the cultural “conversation.”Kim Kardashian Bares Her Shiny, Bounteous Butt, Breaks the Internet | Marlow Stern | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Though money and jobs were the most important to surveyed students, they still wanted more out of their college experience.
The country was ranked 144 of 177 nations surveyed by Transparency International in its 2013 graft perception index.
With a flush mounting to his cheeks, and his brows drawn together in perplexity, Garnache surveyed him.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
He surveyed his man more closely; but the inspection lent no colour to his suspicions.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
For a moment, as the mistress of Skyrie surveyed these more substantial offerings she was inclined to resent them.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
From his waistcoat pocket he took a little silver convex mirror and surveyed himself critically therein.Dope | Sax Rohmer
The greater part of our bread, being found in a damaged state from leaks, was surveyed and condemned.
British Dictionary definitions for survey
(tr) to view or consider in a comprehensive or general way: to survey the situation
(tr) to examine carefully, as or as if to appraise value: to survey oneself in a mirror
to plot a detailed map of (an area of land) by measuring or calculating distances and height
British to inspect a building to determine its condition and value
to examine a vessel thoroughly in order to determine its seaworthiness
(tr) to run a statistical survey on (incomes, opinions, etc)
a comprehensive or general view: a survey of English literature
a critical, detailed, and formal inspection: a survey of the nation's hospitals
British an inspection of a building to determine its condition and value
a report incorporating the results of such an inspection
a body of surveyors
an area surveyed
statistics a random sample
- surveyable, adjective
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