survey

The verb survey means to look something over. When you buy your first home, it's a pleasure to stand on the porch and survey your property.

Survey has several meanings, all of which come from Medieval Latin and Anglo words for looking over. As a noun, survey can mean a detailed study of something, but it also means a short summary with a broad view. A survey course gives an overview of a particular subject area, but doesn't make you an expert. Survey is also a verb. If you survey an area hit by an earthquake, you look closely at it to measure the damage.

Definitions of survey
1

v consider in a comprehensive way

Synonyms:
appraise
Type of:
analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

v hold a review (of troops)

Synonyms:
go over, review
Type of:
inspect
look over carefully

v look over carefully or inspect

“He surveyed his new classmates”
Types:
overlook
watch over
Type of:
examine, see
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

v keep under surveillance

Synonyms:
follow, surveil
follow, pursue
follow in or as if in pursuit

v plot a map of (land)

Types:
triangulate
survey by triangulation
Type of:
calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation

v make a survey of; for statistical purposes

Types:
canvas, canvass, poll
get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
circularise, circularize
canvass by distributing letters
Type of:
analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

n a detailed critical inspection

Synonyms:
study
Types:
resurvey
a new survey or study
Type of:
examination, scrutiny
the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

n short descriptive summary (of events)

Synonyms:
resume, sketch
Type of:
sum-up, summary
a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form

n the act of looking or seeing or observing

“his survey of the battlefield was limited”
Synonyms:
sight, view
Types:
eyeful
a full view; a good look
Type of:
look, looking, looking at
the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

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