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. noun
    an inquiry into opinions conducted by questioning a random sample of people
    synonyms: canvass, opinion poll, poll, public opinion poll
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    types:
    exit poll
    a poll of voters as they leave the voting place; usually taken by news media in order to predict the outcome of an election
    straw poll, straw vote
    an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
    type of:
    enquiry, inquiry, research
    a search for knowledge
  2. verb
    consider in a comprehensive way
    synonyms: appraise
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    type of:
    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  3. verb
    hold a review (of troops)
    synonyms: go over, review
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    type of:
    inspect
    look over carefully
  4. verb
    look over carefully or inspect
    “He surveyed his new classmates”
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    types:
    overlook
    watch over
    type of:
    examine, see
    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
  5. verb
    keep under surveillance
    synonyms: follow, surveil
    follow, pursue
    follow in or as if in pursuit
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    types:
    stalk
    watch, follow, or harass someone in an obsessive way
  6. verb
    plot a map of (land)
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    types:
    triangulate
    survey by triangulation
    type of:
    calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
    make a mathematical calculation or computation
  7. verb
    make a survey of; for statistical purposes
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    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, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  8. noun
    a detailed critical inspection
    synonyms: study
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    types:
    resurvey
    a new survey or study
    type of:
    examination, scrutiny
    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
  9. noun
    short descriptive summary (of events)
    synonyms: resume, sketch
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    type of:
    sum-up, summary
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
  10. noun
    the act of looking or seeing or observing
    “his survey of the battlefield was limited”
    synonyms: sight, view
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    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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