Survey - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɜːrveɪ|  American pronunciation of the word survey
Brit.  |ˈsɜːveɪ|  British pronunciation of the word survey
- a detailed critical inspection (syn: study)
- short descriptive summary (of events) (syn: resume, sketch)
- the act of looking or seeing or observing (syn: sight, view)
- consider in a comprehensive way (syn: appraise)
- look over carefully or inspect
- keep under surveillance (syn: follow)
- hold a review (of troops) (syn: go over, review)
- make a survey of; for statistical purposes
- plot a map of (land)


A total of 250 city residents were surveyed about the project.

64 percent of the people surveyed said that the economy was doing well.

The teacher surveyed the room.

People were surveying the damage after the storm.

Engineers surveyed the property to see what could be built on it.

The survey found some surprising tendencies among the population.

We conducted an opinion survey on the issue and found that most people agree.

a survey on American drinking habits

Surveys of each department were conducted earlier this year.

A survey of recent corporate layoffs reveals a new trend in business management.

A new land survey changed the borders of their property.

The BBC surveyed four thousand drug users and their families.

He sat down in the armchair and surveyed the room.

Experts minutely surveyed the situation that had brought about the crisis.

I'd like to survey the house before buying it.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: survey
he/she/it: surveys
present participle: surveying
past tense: surveyed
past participle: surveyed
singular: survey
plural: surveys
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