- sur|vey1 W3S3 [ˈsə:veı US ˈsə:r-] n1.) a set of questions that you ask a large number of people in order to find out about their opinions or behaviourcarry out/conduct a survey(=do a survey)▪ We conducted a survey of parents in the village.survey of▪ survey of US businessessurvey shows/reveals (that)▪ The survey showed that Britain's trees are in good health.2.) an examination of an area of land in order to make a map of it3.) BrE an examination of a house or other building done especially for someone who wants to buy it4.) a general description or report about a particular subject or situation▪ a survey of modern English literaturesurvey 2sur|vey2 [səˈveı US sər-] v [T][Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: surveeir 'to look over', from sur- ( SURCHARGE) + veeir 'to see']1.) [usually passive]to ask a large number of people questions in order to find out their attitudes or opinions▪ Of the 100 companies surveyed, 10 per cent had a turnover of £50m to £99m.2.) to look at or consider someone or something carefully, especially in order to form an opinion about them▪ She turned to survey her daughter's pale face.▪ They got out of the car to survey the damage.3.) BrE to examine the condition of a house or other building and make a report on it, especially for people who want to buy it4.) to examine and measure an area of land and record the details on a map▪ There were many voyages to survey the ocean depths in the nineteenth century.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.