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Meaning of “survey” in the English Dictionary

"survey" in British English

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surveynoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɜː.veɪ/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
  • survey noun [C] (QUESTIONS)

B2 an ​examination of ​opinions, ​behaviour, etc., made by ​askingpeoplequestions: A ​recent survey found/​revealed/​showed that 58 ​percent of ​people did not ​know where ​theirheart is. to conduct/​carry out/do a survey

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surveyverb

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  • survey verb (LOOK AT)

C1 [T] formal uk   /səˈveɪ/  us   /ˈsɝː.veɪ/ to ​look at or ​examine all of something, ​especiallycarefully: 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] uk   /səˈveɪ/  us   /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, ​itsroute was ​carefully surveyed. [T often passive] UK (US and Australian English inspect) uk   /səˈveɪ/  us   /ˈsɝː.veɪ/ If a ​building is surveyed, it is ​examinedcarefully by a ​speciallytrainedperson, in ​order to ​discover if there is anything ​wrong with ​itsstructure.
  • survey verb (QUESTIONS)

C1 uk   /ˈsɜː.veɪ/  us   /ˈsɝː-/ [T] to ​askpeoplequestions in ​order to ​find out about ​theiropinions or ​behaviour: The researchers surveyed the ​attitudes of 2,500 ​collegestudents. Many of the ​listeners surveyed said that they were not ​satisfied with the station's ​programming.
(Definition of survey from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"survey" in American English

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surveynoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɜr·veɪ/
  • survey noun [C] (QUESTIONS)

a set of ​questionspeople are ​asked to ​gatherinformation or ​find out ​theiropinions, or the ​informationgathered by ​asking many ​people the same ​questions: A ​recent survey ​found that ​working women ​wantbetterchildcare and ​flexiblehours.
  • survey noun [C] (MEASURING)

the ​measuring and ​recording of the ​details of an ​area of ​land: Geological surveys are an ​importanttool used in ​locatingoilreserves.
  • survey noun [C] (EXAMINING)

a ​description of the ​whole of a ​subject: His new ​book is a survey of ​contemporaryLatin American ​architecture.

surveyverb [T]

 us   /sərˈveɪ, ˈsɜr·veɪ/
  • survey verb [T] (LOOK AT)

to ​look at or ​examine all of something: After we’d ​finishedpainting the ​kitchen, we ​stood back and surveyed ​ourwork.
  • survey verb [T] (MEASURE)

to ​measure and ​describe the ​details of an ​area of ​land: The ​property must be surveyed before you can ​buy it.
  • survey verb [T] (ASK QUESTIONS)

to ​askpeoplequestions in ​order to ​find out about ​theiropinions and ​behavior: Researchers surveyed the ​politicalopinions of 2000 ​collegestudents.
(Definition of survey from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"survey" in Business English

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surveynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsɜːveɪ/
MARKETING an ​examination of people's ​opinions, ​behaviour, etc. made, for ​example, by ​asking them ​questions: a survey finds/reveals/shows A survey of 584 ​companies has ​found that there is no ​relationship between a company's ​salesincentiveplanstructure and its ​gain or ​loss in ​marketshare.conduct/carry out/do a survey We should ​conduct a survey to ​find out what our ​customers really want.
PROPERTY the ​measuring and ​recording of the details of an ​area of ​land: A detailed survey of the ​buildingplot has already been ​carried out.
UK (US inspection) PROPERTY an ​examination of the ​structure of a ​building by a specially ​trainedperson to ​check what ​condition it is in: We should ​schedule an ​independent survey of the ​property before we ​agree to ​buy it. The survey revealed a ​number of problems that will have to be ​repaired.

surveyverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈveɪ/
MARKETING to ​askpeoplequestions in ​order to ​find out about their ​opinions or ​behaviour: The researchers surveyed the ​attitudes of 2,500 night ​shiftworkers.
to ​look at or ​examine all of something in detail: She has written a ​book which surveys the ​history of the PR ​industry.
PROPERTY to ​measure an ​area of ​land and to ​record the details of it: The ​land will have to be surveyed in detail before the ​buildingproject can begin.
UK (US inspect) PROPERTY when a ​building is surveyed, it is ​examined carefully by a specially ​trainedperson, to see what ​condition it is in: We had the ​house surveyed.
(Definition of survey from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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