1 examine, appraise, evaluate, take the measure of, inspect, study, scan, scrutinize, measure, size up, assess, investigate, look into or over, review:
He surveyed the situation and found nothing wrong.
2 view, look at, get a bird's eye view of, contemplate:
From the top of the tower I surveyed the surrounding countryside.
3 surveying, examination, appraisal, evaluation, measure, study, scan, scanning, scrutiny, inquiry or enquiry, measurement, investigation, inspection:
Our survey of the company finances yielded some very interesting information.
1 study of sth
comprehensive, detailed, extensive, full, in-depth, major, systematic | brief, quick | sample
The council undertook a sample survey of primary schools in the county.
| regular | annual, monthly, etc. | local, national, nationwide, regional | independent | historical
a historical survey of children's clothing
| doorstep, postal, questionnaire, telephone | comparative | field | pilot | attitude, customer, opinion
A recent customer survey showed widespread ignorance about the availability of organic food.
| market (research), marketing
VERB + SURVEY
carry out, conduct, do, make, undertake
The charity did a survey of people's attitudes to the disabled.
| commission | participate in, respond to, take part in
94 per cent of people who took part in the survey said they agreed.
SURVEY + VERB
cover sth, deal with sth, examine sth
The survey covered 74 species.
| ask sth | claim sth, conclude sth, confirm sth, disclose sth, find sth, highlight sth, identify sth, indicate sth, report sth, reveal sth, say sth, show sth, suggest sth
A customer satisfaction survey highlighted the need for clearer pricing.
SURVEY + NOUN
data, results | method, technique | respondent
according to a/the ~
According to the survey, many young adults have experimented with drugs of some kind.
| in a/the ~
the questions used in the survey
| ~ into
a survey into the state of English in universities
| ~ on
a survey on drivers' attitudes to the police
the findings/results of a survey
2 of land or a building
full | aerial | archaeological, geological, geophysical, land, seismic | structural, valuation
A structural survey of the property revealed serious defects.
VERB + SURVEY
carry out, do, makeverb
carefully | coldly, coolly, critically
Her green eyes surveyed him coolly.
I surveyed the scene from my window.
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