Canvass meaning

kănvəs
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To examine carefully or discuss thoroughly; scrutinize.
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To make a thorough examination or conduct a detailed discussion.
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An examination or discussion.
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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.

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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.

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A solicitation of votes or orders.
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A survey of public opinion.
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To examine or discuss in detail; look over carefully.
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To go through (places) or among (people) asking for (votes, opinions, orders, etc.)
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To try to get votes, orders, etc.; solicit.
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The act of canvassing, esp. in an attempt to estimate the outcome of an election, sales campaign, etc.
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A solicitation of voters or public opinion.
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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.

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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.

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To examine by discussion; to debate.
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To solicit voters, orders, or opinions.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
canvass
Plural:
canvasses

Origin of canvass

  • From obsolete canvass to toss in a canvas sheet as punishment from canvas

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From canvas, originally meaning "to toss in a canvas sheet". First attested 1508

    From Wiktionary