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survey

noun [C]  /ˈsɜr·veɪ/ us  

survey noun [C] (QUESTIONS)

a set of questions people are asked to gather information or find out their opinions, or the information gathered by asking many people the same questions: A recent survey found that working women want better child care and flexible hours.

survey noun [C] (MEASURING)

the measuring and recording of the details of an area of land: Geological surveys are an important tool used in locating oil reserves.

survey noun [C] (EXAMINING)

a description of the whole of a subject: His new book is a survey of contemporary Latin American architecture.
(Definition of survey noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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