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canvass

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verb can·vass \ˈkan-vəs\
variants: or less commonly

canvas

Definition of canvass

canvassed

;

canvassing

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

  3. 2a :  to examine in detail; specifically :  to examine (votes) officially for authenticityb :  discuss, debate canvassed all the items on the agenda

  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 canvassed the neighborhood to solicit magazine subscriptions

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to seek orders or votes :  solicit was canvassing for a seat in Congress

canvasser

or less commonly

canvaser

noun

Examples of canvass in a sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of canvass

see 1canvas


First Known Use: 1508


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canvass

noun can·vass
variants: or less commonly

canvas

Definition of canvass

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of canvass

see 1canvas


First Known Use: circa 1611



CANVASS Defined for English Language Learners

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canvass

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verb can·vass \ˈkan-vəs\

Definition of canvass for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CANVASS Defined for Kids

canvass

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verb can·vass \ˈkan-vəs\

Definition of canvass for Students

canvassed

;

canvassing

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

canvasser

noun

Law Dictionary

canvass

verb can·vass \ˈkan-vəs\
variants: also

canvas

\ˈkan-vəs\ play

Legal Definition of canvass

canvassed

also

canvased

canvassing

also

canvasing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to examine in detail; specifically :  to examine (votes) officially for authenticity b :  to make the subject of discussion or debate

  3. 2 :  to go through (a district) or go to (persons) in order to solicit orders or political support or to determine opinions or sentiments

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



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