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- (UK) IPA (key): /ˈsɜːveɪ/, SAMPA: /"s3:veI/, or same as the verb
- (US) enPR: sûrʹvā, IPA (key): /ˈsɝveɪ/, SAMPA: /"s3`veI/, or same as the verb
- (countable) A survey is a broad look at a topic or place.
- Before looking for a job, he did a survey of the companies in the area.
- (countable) A survey is a formal way to gather data by asking question of people: a questionnaire.
- The Architects' Journal conducted a survey of its readers to find what were considered the best modern buildings in Britain.
- The results of a recent survey by Lianhe Zhaobao show that 70% of all respondents think that Singapore is an ideal place for retirement.
- (countable) A land survey involves photographing and measuring the land to make a map of it.
- Before building the train tunnel, extensive geological surveys were carried out on the British side of the Channel.
- (countable) A survey paper/book is a general description of a topic, often introductory.
- (countable) A survey is the act of reading a broad range of books and articles on a particular subject.
- (transitive) If you survey something, you look at it to try to see or understand the whole of it.
- (transitive) If you survey people about their thoughts or personal information, you ask a large number of people in a formal way, often using a questionnaire.
- (transitive) If you survey a place, you look at every part of it, often from a high spot.
- (transitive) If you survey books and articles, you read a large number on a particular topic.