survey noun

1 study of sth

ADJ. comprehensive, detailed, extensive, full, in-depth, major, systematic | brief, quick | sample The council undertook a sample survey of primary schools in the county. | regular | annual, monthly, etc. | local, national, nationwide, regional | independent | historical a historical survey of children's clothing | doorstep, postal, questionnaire, telephone | comparative | field | pilot | attitude, customer, opinion A recent customer survey showed widespread ignorance about the availability of organic food. | market (research), marketing

VERB + SURVEY carry out, conduct, do, make, undertake The charity did a survey of people's attitudes to the disabled. | commission | participate in, respond to, take part in 94 per cent of people who took part in the survey said they agreed.

SURVEY + VERB cover sth, deal with sth, examine sth The survey covered 74 species. | ask sth | claim sth, conclude sth, confirm sth, disclose sth, find sth, highlight sth, identify sth, indicate sth, report sth, reveal sth, say sth, show sth, suggest sth A customer satisfaction survey highlighted the need for clearer pricing.

SURVEY + NOUN data, results | method, technique | respondent

PREP. according to a/the ~ According to the survey, many young adults have experimented with drugs of some kind. | in a/the ~ the questions used in the survey | ~ into a survey into the state of English in universities | ~ on a survey on drivers' attitudes to the police

PHRASES the findings/results of a survey

2 of land or a building

ADJ. full | aerial | archaeological, geological, geophysical, land, seismic | structural, valuation A structural survey of the property revealed serious defects.

VERB + SURVEY carry out, do, make