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canvass

verb can·vass \ˈkan-vəs\

Simple Definition of canvass

  • : to ask (the people in an area) what they think about a candidate, project, idea, etc.

  • : to talk to the people in an area in order to get them to support a candidate, project, idea, etc.

  • : to look at or consider (something) carefully

Full Definition of canvass

can·vassedcan·vas·sing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to toss in a canvas sheet in sport or punishment

  3. 2 a :  to examine in detail; specifically :  to examine (votes) officially for authenticity b :  discuss, debate

  4. 3 :  to go through (a district) or go to (persons) in order to solicit orders or political support or to determine opinions or sentiments <canvass voters>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to seek orders or votes :  solicit

can·vass·er also can·vas·er noun

Examples of canvass

  1. A team of volunteers is canvassing the city for the Republican Party.

  2. We go to every house to canvass voters.

  3. She is canvassing for one of the presidential candidates this year.

  4. The group has been canvassing neighborhoods to ask people to vote for him.

  5. The company canvassed several sites for a new factory.



1508

First Known Use of canvass

1508

Variants of canvass

also can·vas play \ˈkan-vəs\

2

canvass

noun can·vass

Definition of canvass

  1. :  the act or an instance of canvassing; especially :  a personal solicitation of votes or survey of public opinion



Circa 1611

First Known Use of canvass

circa 1611

Variants of canvass

also canvas



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