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Definition of survey verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈsərveɪ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they survey
    he / she / it surveys
    past simple surveyed
    -ing form surveying
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  1. 1survey something to look carefully at the whole of something, especially in order to get a general impression of it synonym inspect The next morning we surveyed the damage caused by the fire. He surveyed himself in the mirror before going out. She opened her eyes and surveyed her surroundings.
  2. 2survey something to study and give a general description of something This chapter briefly surveys the current state of American politics.
  3. 3survey something to measure and record the features of an area of land, for example in order to make a map or in preparation for building
  4. 4survey somebody/something to investigate the opinions or behavior of a group of people by asking them a series of questions synonym interview We surveyed 500 smokers and found that over three quarters would like to give it up. 87% of the 1,000 companies surveyed employ part-time workers.
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