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canvass

verb can·vass \ ˈkan-vəs \
variants: or less commonly canvas
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018
canvassed; canvassing
1 obsolete : to toss in a canvas sheet in sport or punishment
2 a : to examine in detail; specifically : to examine (votes) officially for authenticity
b : discuss, debate
  • canvassed all the items on the agenda
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
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of canvass


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canvass

noun
variants: or less commonly canvas
: 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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Origin and Etymology of canvass



CANVASS Defined for English Language Learners

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


CANVASS Defined for Kids

canvass

verb can·vass \ ˈkan-vəs \
canvassed; canvassing
: 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
variants: also canvas play \ˈkan-vəs\
canvassed also canvased; canvassing also canvasing
1 a : 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
: to seek or solicit orders or votes


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