Type: verb, noun

Definitions: (verb) If you survey people about their thoughts or personal information, you ask a large number of people in a formal way, often using a questionnaire. (verb) If you survey something, you look at it to try to see or understand the whole of it. (noun) A survey is a formal way to gather data by asking questions of people: a questionnaire.

Examples: (verb) She surveyed the residents to find out what they thought of the new town development. (verb) He surveyed the data completely before reaching a conclusion. (noun) The results of a recent survey show that 70% of all respondents think that Singapore is an ideal place for retirement. (noun) The Architects’ Journal conducted a survey of its readers to find what were considered the best modern buildings in Britain.

Synonyms: nouns: questionnaire, research. verbs: observe, study. ask.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 2 C