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survey

noun [C] uk   /ˈsɜː.veɪ/ us    /ˈsɝː-/

survey noun [C] (QUESTIONS)

B2 an examination of opinions, behaviour, etc., made by asking people questions: A recent survey found/revealed/showed that 58 percent of people did not know where their heart is. to conduct/carry out/do a survey
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survey noun [C] (EXAMINING)

the measuring and recording of the details of an area of land: a geological survey a description of the whole of a subject: His new book is a survey of European theatre in the 19th century. UK ( US and Australian English inspection) an examination of the structure of a building by a specially trained person

survey

verb uk   us  

survey verb (LOOK AT)

C1 [T] formal   /səˈveɪ/    /ˈsɝː.veɪ/ to look at or examine all of something, especially carefully: He got out of the car to survey the damage. She has written a book which surveys (= describes in detail) the history of feminism. [T]   /səˈveɪ/    /ˈsɝː.veɪ/ to measure an area of land, and to record the details of it, especially on a map: Before the new railway was built, its route was carefully surveyed. [T often passive] UK ( US and Australian English inspect)   /səˈveɪ/    /ˈsɝː.veɪ/ If a building is surveyed, it is examined carefully by a specially trained person, in order to discover if there is anything wrong with its structure.

survey verb (QUESTIONS)

C1   /ˈsɜː.veɪ/    /ˈsɝː-/ [T] to ask people questions in order to find out about their opinions or behaviour: The researchers surveyed the attitudes of 2,500 college students. Many of the listeners surveyed said that they were not satisfied with the station's programmes.
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