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To defend my claim of neologism: "surveil is a relatively new, and decidedly useful, verb corresponding to the noun surveilance." - A dictionary of modern legal usageBy Bryan A. Garner Edition: 2 - 2001, p. 861 -- 20:43, 9 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]

How about {{nonstandard}} - standard English would be . Mglovesfun (talk) 20:45, 9 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
At least in the sentence quoted as an example in the definition, I don't think survey would be a synonym, however.--Dpr 17:07, 21 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]

first recorded use[edit]

"The+plaintiff+also+stresses+that+the+store+as+a+whole,+and+the+customer+exits+especially,+were+closely+surveilled."&source=bl&ots=k8vXUBrdEe&sig=Tky7ERso11ceN-T1gTrok7D_QaU&hl=en&ei=RB3nS8vzF4H88Aap5NSNDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q="The%20plaintiff%20also%20stresses%20that%20the%20store%20as%20a%20whole%2C%20and%20the%20customer%20exits%20especially%2C%20were%20closely%20surveilled."&f=false A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage --Espoo (talk) 18:28, 25 September 2018 (UTC)[reply]


Surveille is a variant: the letter l doubles in the inflections of the verb surveil, unlike in (as)sail or veil, and AmE has canceled but mostly cancellation. It's a counterintuitive spelling similar to those of control. --Backinstadiums (talk) 10:32, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]