Meaning of “survey” in the English Dictionary

"survey" in British English

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surveynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɜː.veɪ/ us /ˈsɝː.veɪ/

surveyverb

uk /səˈveɪ/ /ˈsɜː.veɪ/ us /sɚˈveɪ/

survey verb (LOOK AT)

C1 [ T ] formal uk /səˈveɪ/ us /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 ] 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, its route was carefully surveyed.

[ T often passive ] UK US and Australian English inspect uk /səˈveɪ/ us /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.

(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 questions people are asked to gather information or find out their opinions, or the information gathered by asking many people the same questions:

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.

surveyverb [ T ]

us /sərˈveɪ, ˈsɜr·veɪ/

survey verb [ T ] (LOOK AT)

to look at or examine all of something:

After we’d finished painting the kitchen, we stood back and surveyed our work.

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 ask people questions in order to find out about their opinions and behavior:

Researchers surveyed the political opinions of 2000 college students.

(Definition of “survey” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"survey" in Business English

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surveynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɜːveɪ/ us

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 sales incentive plan structure and its gain or loss in market share.
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 building plot has already been carried out.

UK US inspection PROPERTY an examination of the structure of a building by a specially trained person 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 /səˈveɪ/ us

MARKETING to ask people questions in order to find out about their opinions or behaviour:

The researchers surveyed the attitudes of 2,500 night shift workers.

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 building project can begin.

UK US inspect PROPERTY when a building is surveyed, it is examined carefully by a specially trained person, to see what condition it is in:

We had the house surveyed.

(Definition of “survey” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)