survey

1 noun (C)
1 a set of questions that you ask a large number of people in order to find out about their opinions or behaviour: to carry out/conduct a survey (=do a survey): a recent survey conducted by Manchester university into children's attitudes to violence on television
2 an examination of a house or other building done especially for someone who wants to buy it
3 an examination of an area of land in order to make a map of it
4 a general description or report about a particular subject or situation: a survey of modern English literature
2 verb (T)
1 (often passive) to ask a large number of people questions in order to find out their attitudes or opinions: Almost 60% of those surveyed said they supported the President's action.
2 to look at or consider someone or something carefully, especially in order to form an opinion about them: He leaned back in his chair and surveyed her critically for a moment.
3 to examine the condition of a house or other building and make a report on it, especially for people who want to buy it
4 to examine and measure an area of land and record the details on a map: a surveying expedition

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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