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Verb: survey  su(r)'vey or 'sur,vey
  1. Consider in a comprehensive way
    "He surveyed the situation carefully before acting";
    - appraise
     
  2. Look over carefully or inspect
    "He surveyed his new classmates"
     
  3. Keep under surveillance
    "The police had been surveying him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing";
    - surveil, follow
     
  4. Hold a review (of troops)
    - review, go over
     
  5. Make a survey of; for statistical purposes
     
  6. Plot a map of (land)
Noun: survey  su(r)'vey or 'sur,vey
  1. A detailed critical inspection
    - study
     
  2. Short descriptive summary (of events)
    - sketch, résumé
     
  3. The act of looking, seeing or observing
    "his survey of the battlefield was limited";
    - view, sight

Derived forms: surveying, surveyed, surveys

Type of: analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], calculate, canvas, canvass, cipher, compute, cypher, examination, examine, figure [N. Amer], gander, inspect, look, looking, looking at, reckon, scrutiny, see, study, summary, sum-up, work out

Encyclopedia: Survey