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English definition of “survey”

survey

verb (LOOK AT)        /səˈveɪ/ US  /ˈsɝː.veɪ/
C1 [T] formal 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.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive [T] 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.Weighing and measuringMaps and map-making [T often passive] UK (US and Australian English inspect) 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.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
(Definition of survey verb (LOOK AT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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