surveys, surveying, surveyed
(The noun is pronounced [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)veɪ[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]sə(r)ve͟ɪ[/t]], and can also be pronounced [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)veɪ[/t]] in meanings 2 and 6.)
1) N-COUNT If you carry out a survey, you try to find out detailed information about a lot of different people or things, usually by asking people a series of questions.

The council conducted a survey of the uses to which farm buildings are put...

According to the survey, overall world trade has also slackened.

2) VERB If you survey a number of people, companies, or organizations, you try to find out information about their opinions or behaviour, usually by asking them a series of questions.

[V n] Business Development Advisers surveyed 211 companies for the report...

[V-ed] Only 18 percent of those surveyed opposed the idea.

3) VERB If you survey something, you look at or consider the whole of it carefully.

[V n] He pushed himself to his feet and surveyed the room...

[V n] He surveys American politics with a conservative world view.

4) N-SING: with supp, oft N of n If you give something a brief survey or a quick survey, you look at or consider all of it quickly, but not in detail.

...a brief survey of some important books on astrology...

He sniffed the perfume she wore, then gave her a quick survey.

5) N-COUNT If someone carries out a survey of an area of land, they examine it and measure it, usually in order to make a map of it.

...the organizer of the geological survey of India...

The scientists conducted two aerial surveys followed by two ground surveys.

6) VERB If someone surveys an area of land, they examine it and measure it, usually in order to make a map of it.

[V n] Scarborough Council commissioned geological experts earlier this year to survey the cliffs.

Derived words:
surveying N-UNCOUNT relating to astronomy, astrology, surveying and navigation.

...surveying equipment.

7) N-COUNT A survey is a careful examination of the condition and structure of a house, usually carried out in order to give information to a person who wants to buy it. [mainly BRIT]

...a structural survey undertaken by a qualified surveyor.

(in AM, use inspection)
8) VERB If someone surveys a house, they examine it carefully and report on its structure, usually in order to give advice to a person who is thinking of buying it. [mainly BRIT]

[V n] ...the people who surveyed the house for the mortgage.

Derived words:
surveying N-UNCOUNT

In more than 30 years of surveying he has never yet known a building to collapse because of subsidence.

(in AM, use inspect)

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