- The definition of a canvass is an examination or an act asking for votes, orders or survey responses.
- An example of a canvass is a thorough search of an area.
- An example of a canvass is knocking on peoples' doors asking them to buy a product.
- Canvass is defined as to carefully examine or discuss something or to go through an area to get votes, orders or survey answers.
- An example of canvass is to completely search an area.
- An example of canvass is to go door-to-door asking people to vote for someone.
- to examine or discuss in detail; look over carefully
- to go through (places) or among (people) asking for (votes, opinions, orders, etc.)
Origin of canvass; from canvas ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps use of canvas for sifting
verbcan·vassed, can·vass·ing, can·vass·es
- To examine carefully or discuss thoroughly; scrutinize: “The evidence had been repeatedly canvassed in American courts” (Anthony Lewis).
- a. To go through (a region) or go to (persons) to solicit votes or orders.b. To conduct a survey of (public opinion); poll.
- To make a thorough examination or conduct a detailed discussion.
- To solicit voters, orders, or opinions.
- An examination or discussion.
- A solicitation of votes or orders.
- A survey of public opinion.
Origin of canvassFrom obsolete canvass, to toss in a canvas sheet as punishment, from canvas.
(third-person singular simple present canvasses, present participle canvassing, simple past and past participle canvassed)
- To solicit voters, opinions, etc. from; to go through, with personal solicitation or public addresses.
- to canvass a district for votes; to canvass a city for subscriptions
- To conduct a survey.
- To campaign.
- To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to scrutinize.
- to canvass the votes cast at an election; to canvass a district with reference to its probable vote
- To examine by discussion; to debate.
From canvas, originally meaning "to toss in a canvas sheet". First attested 1508