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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: surveeir 'to look over', from sur- ( SURCHARGE) + veeir 'to see'

survey

2 verb
     
sur‧vey2 [transitive]
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.
2 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
4SG 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.
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