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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun survey:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb survey:


The word survey and its family (surveyed, surveying, surveys) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun survey

What does survey mean as a name of something?

Survey is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: surveys

  1. a detailed critical inspection
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of survey: study
    • more generic words: examination / scrutiny = the act of examining something closely
    • more specific word: resurvey = a new survey or study
  2. short descriptive summary (of events)
  3. the act of looking or seeing or observing
    • example: his survey of the battlefield was limited
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of survey: sight / view
    • more generic terms: look / looking / looking at = the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
    • more specific word: eyeful = a full view

Alternative definition of the noun survey


  1. The act of surveying; a general view, as from above.
  2. A particular view; an examination, especially an official examination, of all the parts or particulars of a thing, with a design to ascertain the condition, quantity, or quality; as, a survey of the stores of a ship; a survey of roads and bridges; a survey of buildings.
  3. The operation of finding the contour, dimensions, position, or other particulars of, as any part of the earth's surface, whether land or water; also, a measured plan and description of any portion of country, or of a road or line through it.

Specialised definition of the noun survey

Glossary of finance / mortgage

A survey is done for the purpose of creating a drawing of a real estate property or land. It shows encroachments, improvements made, and the boundaries of the property or lot.

Definition of the verb survey

What does survey mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: surveyed | surveying | surveys

  1. consider in a comprehensive way
  2. look over carefully or inspect
  3. keep under surveillance
    • example: They want to survey the prisoners
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of survey: follow / surveil
  4. hold a review (of troops)
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of survey: go over / review
    • more generic word: inspect = look over carefully
  5. make a survey of; for statistical purposes
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: analyse / analyze / canvass / examine / study = consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
    • more specific words: canvass / poll = get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
  6. plot a map of (land)

Alternative definition of the verb survey


  1. To inspect, or take a view of; to view with attention, as from a high place; to overlook; as, to stand on a hill, and survey the surrounding country.
  2. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
  3. To examine with reference to condition, situation, value, etc.; to examine and ascertain the state of; as, to survey a building in order to determine its value and exposure to loss by fire.
  4. To determine the form, extent, position, etc., of, as a tract of land, a coast, harbor, or the like, by means of linear and angular measurements, and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry; as, to survey land or a coast.
  5. To examine and ascertain, as the boundaries and royalties of a manor, the tenure of the tenants, and the rent and value of the same.
  6. To dispose of after determining that something is no longer useful for its intended purpose (military) "'Surveyed' Old Rope." -William Bligh.


Survey is a TV program, begun in (48 years ago).

Phrases with Survey

Phrases starting with the word Survey:

  1. survey mile
  2. Survey Monument

Phrases ending with the word Survey:

  1. Phone Survey
  2. Aerial survey
  3. ordnance survey
  4. exploratory survey

Other phrases containing the word Survey:

  1. US survey acre
  2. Us Survey Foot
  3. Ordnance Survey Map

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Survey

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Google previewSeeing for Yourself (1995)

Research Handbook for Girls' Education in Africa by Eileen Kane

A rural Third World Survey is the careful collection, tabulation and analysis of wild guesses, half- truths, and outright lies...

Google previewHandbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention (2012)

by Lawrence J. Fennelly

A security survey is a critical on-site examination and analysis of a place, which may be an industrial plant, business, home,

Obviously, a primary objective of a survey is the anticipation or prevention aspects of a given situation — the pre- or ...

Google previewMachine Translation and the Lexicon (1995)

Third International EAMT Workshop, Heidelberg, Germany, April 26-28, 1993. Proceedings by Petra Steffens

The Cambridge Language Survey is a research project whose activities centre around the use of an Integrated Language...

Google previewIntroduction to Psychology (2010)

by Rod Plotnik, Haig Kouyoumdjian

A survey is a way to obtain information by asking many individuals—either person to person...

Google previewPlanning Program for Small Academic Libraries (1980)

An Assisted Self-study Manual by P. Grady Morein

IMK3E SURVEY Introduction The Image Survey is a general survey designed to obtain a portrait of faculty and student...

Google previewCarnivore Ecology and Conservation (2012)

A Handbook of Techniques by Luigi Boitani, Roger A. Powell

Therefore, a survey is a first descriptive step in the series of increasingly complicated study designs aimed at more advanced ecological questions. Surveys are rarely designed to explain why and how ecological processes occur. Nonetheless ...

Google previewManual of Practice for Land Surveying in the State of Texas 12th Edition (2013)

by Texas Society of Professional Surveyors

DEFINITION: A Land Title Survey is a comprehensive investigation and evaluation of significant factors affecting and influencing boundary locations, ownership lines, rights of way and easements within or immediately surrounding a certain ...

Google previewEvaluation of Health Care Quality in Advanced Practice Nursing (2012)

by Joanne V. Hickey, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCCM, Christine A. Brosnan, DrPH, RN

survey is the first national,

Google previewTransforming Ourselves, Transforming the World (2013)

Justice in Jesuit Higher Education by Mary Beth Combs, Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt

A campus climate survey is a way of increasing the size of the Arena by decreasing the Blind Spot. Our survey questions asked students to confidentially report to what extent our campus climate is infused with the values of respect, inclusion, ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education (2016)

by Steven L. Danver

The Beginning Postsecondary Students survey is a compilation of data pertaining to a sample of beginning...

Google previewSocial Statistics, The Basics and Beyond (2016)

by CTI Reviews

World Values Survey: The World Values Survey is a global research project that explores people's values and beliefs,

Google previewEncyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (2008)

by Paul J. Lavrakas

Model assisted survey sampling. New York: ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

survey — The directed effort to determine the location and the nature of a ...

Google previewA dictionary of altitudes in the United States (1892)

by Geological Survey (U.S.)

Geological Survey (U.S.). Station. Carbon, Mo Car bon, Tex Carbon, W. Va Carbon, Wyo Carbon Center, Mo Carbondale, Cal Caí boiulale, Colo Carbondale , lll Carboi. <Ыe, Kans Carbondule, Pa Carbondale, Terni Carbon II ill, Kans Carbon ...

Google previewLexicon of new formal geologic names of the United States, 1976-1980 (1986)

by Gwendolyn Lewise Werth Luttrell, Marilyn L. Hubert, Virginia M. Jussen, Geological Survey (U.S.)

Jussen, Geological Survey (U.S.). 9. Base not exposed in mapped area; inferred to unconformably overlie Catalina Schist; intertongues with Zuma Volcanics; unconformably ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

SURVEY An observational investigation, usually descriptive, in which information is systematically collected. A population survey may be conducted by facetoface inquiry, selfcompleted questionnaires, telephone, postal service, via the internet ...

Google previewOhio Historic Places Dictionary (2008)

by Editorial Staff, State History Publications, LLC

Public Land Survey On the OH/PA Border, E of East ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Hell (2015)

by Miriam Van Scott

A Comprehensive Survey of the Underworld Miriam Van Scott. IOO DREAM MODEL Salvador Dali's A Vui<m of Hell was inspired by dos Santos's supernatural apparition. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BLUE ARMY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA, ...

Google previewChambers's Encyclopedia A dictionary of universal knowledge (1891)

Ordliaurc Survey. By this term U under stood the various operations undertaken by the Kriti-di government tor preparing maps and plans of the whole kingdom and its parts, the term ' ordnance ' lieing applied from the fact that during its earlier ...

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Quotes about Survey

USA Today has come out with a new survey - apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population. (David Letterman)
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Scrabble value of S1U1R1V4E1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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