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

Synonyms for canvass

Synonyms: Verb

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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 In the end, no agreement was reached and counties were left to pre-canvass when the polls opened at 7 a.m., a challenge so great that seven opted to begin counting mail-in ballots the next day instead. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Pre-canvassing benefits uncertain as election integrity concerns mount in Pennsylvania," 13 Nov. 2020 Nevada Supreme Court justices then canvass the statewide vote on Nov. 24, and Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak issues a public proclamation of the winner. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump advisers privately express pessimism about heading off Biden’s win," 11 Nov. 2020 State rules require counties to canvass results and turn them over to the state by November 17. CBS News, "Watch Live: Wisconsin's chief election official gives update," 5 Nov. 2020 The group has attracted nearly 9,000 members, who canvass neighborhoods in Novi, about 18 miles from White Lake. Ruth Fremson, New York Times, "In 2020, the Suburbs Are Stressed," 28 Oct. 2020 For the people trying to get out the vote in jails across the United States, there are no doors to knock, no sidewalks to canvass from. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Getting Out the Vote in the Maze of Mass Incarceration," 28 Oct. 2020 Bucks point guard George Hill helped canvass neighborhoods before flying home to Texas. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "100,000 Milwaukeeans have already cast ballots, Barrett announces at first of two get-out-the-vote efforts," 25 Oct. 2020 Over the weekend, the Democratic governor went door-to-door in Michigan’s Oakland County to canvass for Joe Biden before attending Biden’s Friday campaign stop in Southfield. Asia Ewart, refinery29.com, "Trump’s Calls To “Lock Up” Gretchen Whitmer Might Just Be Why He Loses Michigan," 19 Oct. 2020 Not all Maryland jurisdictions plan to canvass votes every day, though — the process is tedious. Washington Post, "When to expect election results in the Washington region," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The final canvass won’t be completed until Nov. 17. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Check out what happened this week in Utah with ‘Behind the Headlines’," 13 Nov. 2020 The purpose of the canvass is to ensure that every vote cast is counted and every vote is valid. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Sen. Cruz says presidential race isn’t over, backs Trump claims of fraud," 8 Nov. 2020 Deadline to request non-mandatory recount: within three business days of canvass. USA Today, "Georgia is heading for a recount over close Trump-Biden race. How does that work? How long will it take?," 7 Nov. 2020 Now, count and state officials work with local clerks to perform what's called a canvass and certification of the results. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan is done counting ballots. Now the process of certifying them begins," 6 Nov. 2020 The Biden campaign will also focus much of its time Monday on the Keystone State, with Joe Biden hosting drive-in and canvass events in Pittsburgh and Beaver County. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, "Trump to host rally in Scranton, Pa., second of five events in final swing-state push ahead of Election Day," 2 Nov. 2020 Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose gave county election officials a 2 p.m. Nov. 18 deadline to complete their final count of votes, called a canvass. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ohio election officials prepare for tight deadline on official count – in case of a recount," 20 Oct. 2020 For now, attention will turn to establishing Wisconsin's official results through a canvass of votes. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With a tight margin in Wisconsin, attention turns to a potential recount," 4 Nov. 2020 Like the possession rules, growing is allowed after the Nov. 30 canvass. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Legal recreational marijuana in Arizona: What you need to know," 4 Nov. 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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Last Updated

18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Canvass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canvass. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for canvass

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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