survey ( surveys plural & 3rd person present) ( surveying present participle) ( surveyed past tense & past participle )
The noun is pronounced sɜ:rveɪ. The verb is pronounced sərveɪ, and can also be pronounced sɜ:rveɪ in meanings 2 and 5.
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.
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.
Business Development Advisers surveyed 211 companies for the report... V n
Only 18 percent of those surveyed opposed the idea. V-ed
3 verb If you survey something, you look at or consider the whole of it carefully.
He pushed himself to his feet and surveyed the room... V n
4 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...
5 verb If someone surveys an area of land, they examine it and measure it, usually in order to make a map of it.
Scarborough Council commissioned geological experts earlier this year to survey the cliffs. V n
6 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.
...a structural survey undertaken by a qualified surveyor.
in AM, use inspection
7 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) ...the people who surveyed the house for the mortgage. V n in AM, use inspect
Ordnance Survey map ( Ordnance Survey maps plural ) An Ordnance Survey map is a detailed map produced by the British or Irish government map-making organization. n-count