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 obsolete : to toss in a canvas sheet in sport or punishment
2a : 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

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

Synonyms for canvass

Synonyms: Verb

interview, poll, solicit, survey

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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

According to the website, the Movement Voter Project will match up to $1 million raised to hire staff, support volunteers and fund expansion and neighborhood canvassing ahead of the 2020 election. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Alyssa Milano targets Michigan in new campaign that seeks Trump defeat," 12 Aug. 2019 Saturday: Yang will hold a Nashua canvassing kick-off event at 10 a.m., 115 Main St Suite 301, Nashua. Felice Belman, BostonGlobe.com, "In N.H. this week, presidential candidates galore," 12 Aug. 2019 Thus far, our officers have interviewed victims and witnesses, canvassed the area, researched similar vehicles to those observed by witnesses, and examined photos and surveillance video. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Ridgefield police ask for help in finding vandals who burned flags," 7 Aug. 2019 More than six decades ago, Sports Illustrated canvassed a group of what would now be termed influencers about the effects of sportswear on fashion. New York Times, "If You Can Get Killed Doing It, Fashion Wants It," 7 Aug. 2019 Stephanie Kim, who is in charge of the nonprofit’s census activities, said the United Way is reviewing 130 applications for projects to reach hard-to-count populations, from neighborhood canvassing to language interpreting to online publications. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California spending big on census after Trump’s citizenship question fight," 6 Aug. 2019 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts canvasses his clubhouse hoping to speak with each player on a daily basis. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "How baby boomer managers reach these dang millennial players," 8 June 2019 Now, campaigns are using the most up-to-the-minute technology on everything from canvassing to even precision polling. Tonya Riley, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: 2020 Democratic candidates race to snap up digital talent," 1 July 2019 The only complete test occurred in Providence, and the Office of Inspector General reported that in-office address canvassing — the use of satellite and aerial imagery to identify where to count —did not fully identify where to count. Rebecca Tippett, Vox, "The citizenship question is blocked for now. But demographers are still worried about the census.," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If your little Picasso wants to kick it up a notch, larger canvasses are available for an additional fee. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "From kitties to caving: 8 great ways for kids to spend rainy days in Louisville," 12 July 2019 Some of it is just color coordination in small, unexpected places (atop Frontierland buildings), and that carries through to larger canvasses such as the exterior of Space Mountain. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World: Villains After Hours event spotlights the dark side," 11 June 2019 Some remove the paint from old canvasses and reuse them for their creations. The Economist, "Researchers find a way to use minute samples to detect forged paintings," 8 June 2019 The former move was presumed — Okpala is projected for the first round — but Ryan’s departure adds a touch of dark gray to a somewhat gloomy canvass. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Stock report: On USC football momentum, Stanford basketball personnel hits, Pac-12 bowl partners and more," 7 June 2019 From there, the video trail petered out and a canvass of the area led nowhere, Cmdr. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Inside the Detective Work on the Jussie Smollett Case," 21 Feb. 2019 Board of Elections staffers counted 214 provisional ballots during the second of three post-election day canvasses Thursday morning. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Leaders in 2018 Harford races remain there after provisional ballot canvass Thurs.," 5 July 2018 Politicians must ask permission of gangs to hold rallies or canvass in many neighborhoods, law-enforcement officials and prosecutors said. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Why Are People Fleeing Central America? A New Breed of Gangs Is Taking Over.," 2 Nov. 2018 Juliana Vallejo of Falls Church, Va.,creates big abstract expressionistic canvasses filled with bold hues. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Art exhibit in Pigtown humanizes female sex workers and drug addicts," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of canvass

Verb

1508, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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canvass

verb

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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