|Origin:||surveeir 'to look over', from sur- ( SURCHARGE) + veeir 'to see'|
1 [usually passive]
to ask a large number of people questions in order to find out their attitudes or opinions:
Of the 100 companies surveyed, 10 per cent had a turnover of £50m to £99m.
to look at or consider someone or something carefully, especially in order to form an opinion about them:
She turned to survey her daughter's pale face.
They got out of the car to survey the damage.
3 British EnglishTBBBT
to examine the condition of a house or other building and make a report on it, especially for people who want to buy it
to examine and measure an area of land and record the details on a map:
There were many voyages to survey the ocean depths in the nineteenth century.