survey meaning

[ sə:'vei ] Pronunciation:   "survey" in a sentence
Verb: survey  su(r)'vey
  1. Consider in a comprehensive way
    - appraise 
  2. Look over carefully or inspect
    "He surveyed his new classmates" 
  3. Keep under surveillance
    - surveil, follow 
  4. Hold a review (of troops)
    - review, go over 
  5. Make a survey of; for statistical purposes 
  6. Plot a map of (land)
Noun: survey  'survey
  1. A detailed critical inspection
    - study 
  2. Short descriptive summary (of events)
    - sketch, résumé 
  3. The act of looking or seeing or observing
    "his survey of the battlefield was limited"
    - view, sight

Derived forms: surveys, surveyed, surveying

See also: surveying, surveyor

Type of: analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], calculate, canvas, canvass, cipher, compute, cypher, examination, examine, figure [N. Amer], gander, inspect, look, looking, looking at, reckon, scrutiny, see, study, summary, sum-up, work out

Encyclopedia: Survey


A boundary and/or topographic mapping of a site.


A compilation of the measurements of an existing building.


An analysis of a building for use of space.


A determination of the owner's requirements for a project.


An investigation and report of required data for a project.


The process of determining data relating to the physical or chemical characteristics of the earth, such as a land survey or topographic survey.

noun, verb

noun /; AmE / [C]


an investigation of the opinions, behaviour, etc. of a particular group of people, which is usually done by asking them questions:

The report is based on a survey of 5 000 households.

We are conducting a survey into the attitudes of consumers to online shopping.

The company scored badly in a recent job satisfaction survey.

The survey showed that 52 per cent of small firms think that the new law will seriously affect their business.

The survey underlined the importance of efficient after-sales service.


❖ to carry out/conduct/do a survey

◆ to participate in/respond to/take part in a survey

◆ a survey finds/indicates/reveals/shows sth


a general study or description of sth:

The government has published a survey of safety conditions in factories.


❖ to carry out/commission/conduct/do a survey

◆ to issue/publish a survey

◆ a survey finds/indicates/reports/reveals/shows/underlines sth


the act of examining and recording the measurements, features, etc. of an area of land or of a building:

An engineer conducted a structural survey of the factory.

❖ to carry out/do/make a survey

◆ a full/geological/structural/valuation survey

verb /; AmE / [+ obj]


to investigate the opinions or behaviour of a group of people by asking them a series of questions:

87% of the 1 000 companies surveyed employ part-time staff.


to study and give a general description of sth:

The websites of the major stores were surveyed to see how easy to use they were.

The report surveys the economies of the regional banks.


to measure and record the features, etc. of an area of land or of a building:

Have the house surveyed before you decide whether to buy it.

The directed effort to determine the location and the nature of a chemical, biological, and radiological hazard in an area.
(JP 3-11)

Systematic gathering of data for a particular purpose from various sources,including questionnaires,interviews,observation,existing records,and electronic devices. The process is usually preliminary to statistical analysis of the data.


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  1. we are running your consumer survey now.
  2. he includes everything in his survey.
  3. another virus survey was carried out.
  4. he leisurely took a survey of the state of things.
  5. surveys offered at reasonable rates.

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