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Definition of "survey" []

  • To examine or look at comprehensively. (verb-transitive)
  • To inspect carefully; scrutinize: "Two women were surveying the other people on the platform” ( Thomas Wolfe). See Synonyms at see1. (verb-transitive)
  • To determine the boundaries, area, or elevations of (land or structures on the earth's surface) by means of measuring angles and distances, using the techniques of geometry and trigonometry. (verb-transitive)
  • Chiefly British To inspect and determine the structural condition of (a building). (verb-transitive)
  • To conduct a statistical survey on. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "survey" in a sentence
  • "He had another similar swamp which I could not survey at all, because it was completely under water, and nevertheless, with regard to a third swamp, which I did _survey_ from a distance, he remarked to me, true to his instincts, that he would not part with it for any consideration, on account of the mud which it contained."
  • " In this broader context the term survey studies is often used"
  • "My checklist for determining if a survey is the right way to approach a particular research question includes the following:"