canvass

verb
can·​vass | \ ˈkan-vəs How to pronounce canvass (audio) \
variants: or less commonly canvas
canvassed; canvassing

Definition of canvass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : 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 canvassed the neighborhood to solicit magazine subscriptions
2a : to examine in detail specifically : to examine (votes) officially for authenticity
b : discuss, debate canvassed all the items on the agenda
3 obsolete : to toss in a canvas sheet in sport or punishment

intransitive verb

: to seek orders or votes : solicit was canvassing for a seat in Congress

canvass

noun
variants: or less commonly canvas

Definition of canvass (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or an instance of canvassing especially : a personal solicitation of votes or survey of public opinion a house-to-house canvass to ascertain the vote before the election

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Other Words from canvass

Verb

canvasser or less commonly canvaser noun

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Examples of canvass in a Sentence

Verb A team of volunteers is canvassing the city for the Republican Party. We go to every house to canvass voters. She is canvassing for one of the presidential candidates this year. The group has been canvassing neighborhoods to ask people to vote for him. The company canvassed several sites for a new factory.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the trend in the state being well below the height of the crisis, more candidates and campaigns are willing to canvass their districts, though with precautions in place. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "In a campaign marked by Trump, COVID-19 and protests, no one is sure what will work," 7 July 2020 Just as fifty-two doctors and nurses landed in Italy brandishing Cuban flags and a portrait of Fidel Castro, 28,000 medical students were ordered to canvass homes throughout the island in search of possible cases of coronavirus. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 In the days following Julia’s disappearance, investigators with the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, along with other agencies, have performed searches on the ground and in the air, and sent K-9 units to canvass the area. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family holding out hope for return of missing teen Julia Mann who disappeared from Georgia home in February," 4 May 2020 The cocktails list canvassed more than 100 drinks, from side cars to stingers. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Jim’s Steak House: Remembering Cleveland’s famed restaurant’s best, worst days," 4 May 2020 That’s the best showing for pharma since the survey was started in 2011 by PatientView, a research firm that canvassed 1,850 patient groups from 95 countries between November 2019 and February 2020. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Despite pricing controversies, pharma’s reputation is improving among patient groups," 21 Apr. 2020 At leading children’s research hospitals canvassed by Science, comparable percentages range from 30% to 47% (see table). Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Female scientists allege discrimination, neglect of research on women at NIH’s child health institute," 2 Apr. 2020 There are no block walking or neighborhood canvassing by staff or volunteers. Dallas News, "Coronavirus obscures Texas Democratic Senate race against GOP incumbent John Cornyn," 22 Mar. 2020 Kennedy’s Sunday schedule includes stops at fire stations in Worcester and Hudson and a canvassing event in Taunton, according to his campaign. BostonGlobe.com, "The gathering at the home of Winthrop School Committee Chairman Valentino Capobianco was among six events Kennedy’s campaign had planned for Saturday. Earlier in the day, he opened his campaign headquarters in Watertown before a packed crowd.," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The group directed its demands - scrawled on colorful placards, a canvass of graffiti and a massive poster taped over a subway entrance — at de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson. CBS News, "De Blasio seeks to cut $1 billion from NYPD budget," 29 June 2020 The unofficial results of this year’s primary could change when the official canvass is completed in three weeks. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Christina Hagan on track to challenge Rep. Tim Ryan: See who won Ohio’s congressional primaries," 29 Apr. 2020 The term, first meant as an insult, was attached to 1960s abstract artists whose work included hulking monoliths and unexpressive canvasses. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Made a Mockery of Minimalism," 23 Apr. 2020 Tomball City Council members named a new mayor pro tem and completed the election canvass process Monday night, as two unopposed city council members took their oath of office to keep their seats. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball City Council canvasses election, names new mayor pro tem," 12 May 2020 Sanders suspended large events and door-to-door canvasses, shifting the focus to digital outreach. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Coronavirus upends politics as voters `hunker down,' avoiding rallies and snubbing door-to-door canvassers," 14 Mar. 2020 The county’s Democratic and Republican parties both conducted canvasses of the primary election last week, determining the final tally of ballots cast for each candidate in each race. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Wolff backs election results," 16 Mar. 2020 If not, get some canvasses (or coloring books), some bevvies, and throw your own. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "100 Cute Date Ideas so You Never Get Bored Again," 26 Mar. 2020 Staff and volunteers were preparing their final canvasses. cleveland, "Coronavirus spread upends traditional campaigning in home stretch of Ohio primary," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of canvass

Verb

1508, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canvass

Verb

see canvas entry 1

Noun

see canvas entry 1

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The first known use of canvass was in 1508

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21 Jul 2020

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“Canvass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canvass. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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canvass

verb
How to pronounce canvass (audio)

English Language Learners 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.
somewhat formal : to look at or consider (something) carefully

canvass

verb
can·​vass | \ ˈkan-vəs How to pronounce canvass (audio) \
canvassed; canvassing

Kids Definition of canvass

: to go to (people) to ask for votes, contributions, or orders for goods or to determine public opinion

Other Words from canvass

canvasser noun

canvass

verb
can·​vass
variants: also canvas \ ˈkan-​vəs How to pronounce canvas (audio) \
canvassed also canvased; canvassing also canvasing

Legal Definition of canvass

transitive verb

1a : to examine in detail specifically : to examine (votes) officially for authenticity
b : to make the subject of discussion or debate
2 : to go through (a district) or go to (persons) in order to solicit orders or political support or to determine opinions or sentiments

intransitive verb

: to seek or solicit orders or votes

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