surveysur‧vey1 /ˈsɜːveɪ $ ˈsɜːr-/ ●●○W2AWL noun [countable]1ASK A QUESTIONa set of questions that you ask a large number of people in order to find out about their opinions or behaviour → pollcarry out/conduct a survey (=do a survey)We conducted a survey of parents in the village.survey ofa survey of US businessessurvey shows/reveals (that)The survey showed that Britain’s trees are in good health.2SGan examination of an area of land in order to make a map of it → surveyor3TBBBT British English an examination of a house or other building done especially for someone who wants to buy it → surveyor4DESCRIBEa generaldescription or report about a particular subject or situationa survey of modern English literatureCOLLOCATIONSverbscarry out/do a surveyThe survey was carried out by Warwick University.conduct a survey formal (=do a survey)a survey conducted by the British Medical Association.a survey shows/reveals somethingOur survey showed that many women are afraid to go out alone at night.a survey finds somethingA survey found that 37 percent of students were born outside the country.a survey suggests somethingRecent surveys suggest that these are the foreign languages most in demand by employers.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + survey a recent/new surveyAccording to a recent survey, students buy an average of 11.33 books a year for their courses.an annual surveyEvery council will be required to conduct an annual survey of residents.a national surveyA national survey revealed that one in four 15-year-olds smokes regularly.an extensive surveyWe conducted an extensive survey asking patients to suggest ways in which the service could be improved.a detailed surveyThe author carried out a detailed survey of 32 organizations in Japan and Korea.an opinion surveyOpinion surveys showed consistently that unemployment remained a matter of concern.a customer surveyThey have begun to listen carefully to their customers, through customer surveys, focus groups, etc.phrasesthe results of a surveyThe results of the survey have not yet been analysed.
surveysur‧vey2 /səˈveɪ $ sər-/ ●○○AWL verb [transitive]1ASK A QUESTIONto ask a large number of people questions in order to find out their attitudes or opinionsOf the 100 companies surveyed, 10% had a turnover of £50m to £99m.Grammar Survey is often passive in this meaning.2LOOK ATto look at or consider someone or something carefully, especially in order to form an opinion about themShe turned to survey her daughter’s pale face.They got out of the car to survey the damage.3British EnglishTBBBT to examine the condition of a house or other building and make a report on it, especially for people who want to buy it4SGto examine and measure an area of land and record the details on a mapThere were many voyages to survey the ocean depths in the nineteenth century.→ See Verb table
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survey• Researcherssurveyed 10,000 customers about the quality of companies that they used.• Of the 1007 people surveyed, 74% supported the decision.• SouthwestJunior High is surveying parents about their children wearinguniforms.• He said diverssurveying the aftermath of the Braer tankerdisaster found large numbers of razorshellscontaminated with oil.• My brainwandered off surveying the amorous absurdity of it.• Kramer quickly surveyed the competition and decided he had nothing to worry about.• Fenn had stopped the car and was surveying the panorama, allowing the information to assemble itself in his mind.• Yet the world was still waiting on Flamsteed to finishsurveying the stars.• I stood under trees, surveying the stonewalls and vines of the Villa Diodati.• A large segment of the population that was surveyed was taking vitaminsupplements.From King Business Dictionarysurveysur‧vey1 /ˈsɜːveɪˈsɜːr-/ noun [countable]1a set of questions given to a group of people to find out about their opinions or behaviourPeople are becoming more pessimistic about the economy, according to the latestconsumer survey. →market survey2PROPERTY an examination of the condition of a building or area of land, done by a specialist for someone who is considering buying it →marine insurance surveysurveysur‧vey2 /ˈsɜːveɪ, səˈveɪˈsɜːr-, sər-/ verb [transitive]1to ask a group of people a set of questions to find out about their opinions or behaviourThe agency surveys executives in about 300 companies around the country.Only 15% ofrespondents surveyed would admit to leaving the workplace early.2PROPERTY to examine and report on the size, condition etc of a building or area of land for someone who is considering buying it —surveying noun [uncountable]It doesn’t take a qualification in surveying to see damp patches or loose tiles.a specialist surveying instrument firm→ See Verb tableOriginsurvey2(1400-1500)Old Frenchsurveeir“to look over”, from sur- ( → SURCHARGE) + veeir“to see”