survey sur‧vey 2 [ˈsɜːveɪ, səˈveɪ ǁ ˈsɜːr-, sər-] verb [transitive]
1. to ask a group of people a set of questions to find out about their opinions or behaviour:

• The agency surveys executives in about 300 companies around the country.

• Only 15% of respondents surveyed would admit to leaving the workplace early.

2. PROPERTY to examine and report on the size, condition etc of a building or area of land for someone who is considering buying it
— surveying noun [uncountable] :

• It doesn't take a qualification in surveying to see damp patches or loose tiles.

• a specialist surveying instrument firm

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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