Main definitions of surveyor in English

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surveyor1

noun

  • 1A person who examines the condition of land and buildings professionally.

    • ‘On the positive side, our buyers are sticking with the programme, and have appointed a new surveyor.’
    • ‘Chartered building surveyors will examine a property (particularly older ones) for structural damage such as subsidence, dry and wet rot and leaking roofs.’
    • ‘Ken Ryan, a qualified quantity surveyor, spent 15 years as head of a construction company in Zimbabwe.’
    • ‘As with all property purchases employing a structural surveyor to visit the property is definitely within your best interests.’
    • ‘On Monday, council surveyors were inspecting the building to assess the damage, which is thought to be considerable.’
    • ‘I do not have the expertise and for this reason I would like an independent surveyor to be appointed.’
    • ‘Members agreed to instruct the surveyor to make his report and would make a final decision based on that report.’
    • ‘The mortgage company will instruct the surveyor to perform the survey.’
    • ‘In 1842 a horse was bought in Australia and shipped over for the chief surveyor to use.’
    • ‘An independent surveyor who examined the building last month reported that it would be unsafe to open the pool without some repairs to the roof and to other parts of the building.’
    • ‘Williams thinks surveyors are often responsible for today's map errors.’
    • ‘Darwen's top building surveyor enjoyed a pint to mark his retirement.’
    • ‘In 1908, the cave company decided to employ some surveyors to try and find a new entrance.’
    • ‘A surveyor's report found that the smallpox isolation hospital at Winterburn was in a poor state.’
    • ‘So far as I understand it, they are appointing an alternative surveyor.’
    • ‘The company is no longer in existence, and today a firm of chartered quantity surveyors occupies the premises.’
    • ‘Since 1970 he has been in private practice as a building surveyor.’
    • ‘Mr. Neil Cummings was a building surveyor with 23 years' experience as such.’
    • ‘Usually, a purchaser should rely upon his own inspection and his surveyor's report.’
    • ‘The council has employed surveyors to investigate the site and carry out borehole tests before repair work begins.’
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    1. 1.1British An official inspector of something, especially for measurement and valuation purposes.
      ‘surveyors recorded the species and locations of fallen trees’
      • ‘Residential solicitors and valuation surveyors are colluding to ensure that the current unfair and expensive system is maintained.’
      • ‘He joined the council in 1975 as a valuation surveyor and was appointed assistant director of property services in 1987, and director in 1991.’
      • ‘Unlike estate agents and builders whose job it is to market property, surveyors earn their keep by putting a valuation on homes - whether the market is rising or falling.’
      • ‘It is up to the policyholder to provide the original sum assured, preferably from a valuation carried out by a surveyor.’
      • ‘Chartered surveyor Derek Smith said prices were up between five and 10 per cent in the area.’
      • ‘Implementing accreditation requires resources both to establish as well as to run the accreditation bodies, and to train and employ surveyors to conduct assessments.’
      • ‘Harrington Bannon is a firm of chartered valuations surveyors and commercial property consultants founded in 1979.’
      • ‘In the falling market of the early 1990s, up to half of properties were downvalued when the valuation surveyors came to visit, says Bunton of London & Country.’
      • ‘A crucial issue here is that the valuation surveyor does not look forward to estimate prices.’
      • ‘The surveyors valued the property at £15,000 and assessed it as suitable for maximum lending.’
      examiner, checker, scrutinizer, scrutineer, investigator, assessor, appraiser, reviewer, analyst
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    2. 1.2 A person who investigates or examines something, especially boats for seaworthiness.
      ‘a marine surveyor’
      • ‘Your surveyor spent over four hours going all through my boat.’
      • ‘Long distance buyers can hire a marine surveyor located near the auction site to evaluate the boat and report on its condition.’
      • ‘The editors also liked the listings of thousands of boat ramps, marine surveyors, boat shows, nautical crossword puzzles, and free greeting cards.’
      • ‘I would ask a fiberglass specialist at a local marina or even a surveyor to look at it.’
      • ‘Arrange to have the surveyor on board when the boat is sea trialed so running systems can be checked underway.’
      • ‘The fitting shown above was reduced to something resembling Swiss cheese by stray current, according to the surveyor who examined it.’
      • ‘Simply put, a marine surveyor is a technical consultant competent to inspect and evaluate recreational boats.’
      • ‘Hire a marine surveyor to inspect the boat prior to purchase.’
      • ‘Should we hire a marine surveyor to inspect the boat once it's returned to us?’
      • ‘Hire a marine surveyor or engine mechanic if necessary.’
      • ‘With his sea captain's qualifications he acted in a consultancy basis as a marine surveyor and also carried out safety surveys.’
      • ‘This new website can book them a berth in a marina, get them an insurance quote and identify the nearest marine surveyor.’
      • ‘Distortion and/or stress cracks are two other hull problems that should be addressed by a marine surveyor or repairer.’
      inspector, examiner, enquirer, explorer, analyser
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a supervisor): from Anglo-Norman French surveiour, from the verb surveier (see survey).

Pronunciation

surveyor

/səˈveɪə/

Main definitions of surveyor in English

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Surveyor2

proper noun

  • A series of unmanned American spacecraft sent to the moon between 1966 and 1968, five of which successfully made soft landings.

Pronunciation

Surveyor

/səˈveɪə/