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to discuss thoroughly; solicit votes; seek opinions; poll: canvass the neighborhood
Not to be confused with:
canvas – heavy fabric used for making sails; a tent; an oil painting
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v. can·vassed, can·vass·ing, can·vass·es
1. 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.
1. To make a thorough examination or conduct a detailed discussion.
2. To solicit voters, orders, or opinions.
1. An examination or discussion.
2. A solicitation of votes or orders.
3. A survey of public opinion.
[From obsolete canvass, to toss in a canvas sheet as punishment, from canvas.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to solicit votes, orders, advertising, etc, from
2. (Marketing) to solicit votes, orders, advertising, etc, from
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to determine the feelings and opinions of (voters before an election, etc), esp by conducting a survey
4. to investigate (something) thoroughly, esp by discussion or debate
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly US to inspect (votes) officially to determine their validity
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a solicitation of opinions, votes, sales orders, etc
7. (Marketing) a solicitation of opinions, votes, sales orders, etc
8. close inspection; scrutiny
[C16: probably from obsolete sense of canvas (to toss someone in a canvas sheet, hence, to harass, criticize); the development of current senses is unexplained]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to solicit votes, opinions, sales orders, etc., from (a district or group of people).
2. to investigate by inquiry; discuss; debate.v.i.
3. to solicit votes, opinions, etc.n.
4. a soliciting of votes, opinions, etc.
5. close inspection; scrutiny.
[1500–10; orig. sp. variant of canvas, as a v.; sense “discuss” appar. development of the earlier senses “toss in a canvas sheet”]
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Past participle: canvassed
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|Noun||1.||canvass - the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account; "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"|
|2.||canvass - an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people|
inquiry, research, enquiry - a search for knowledge; "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"
exit poll - a poll of voters as they leave the voting place; usually taken by news media in order to predict the outcome of an election
|3.||canvass - a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel|
balloon sail - any light loose sail
fore-and-aft sail - any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
foresail - the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
reef - one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind
headsail - any sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
mainsail - the lowermost sail on the mainmast
main-topsail - a topsail set on the mainmast
royal - a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast
save-all - a sail set to catch wind spilled from a larger sail
skysail - the sail above the royal on a square-rigger
square sail - a four-sided sail set beneath a horizontal yard suspended at the middle from a mast
topsail - a sail (or either of a pair of sails) immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast
|4.||canvass - a tent made of canvas fabric |
big top, circus tent, round top, top - a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance; "he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent"; "they had the big top up in less than an hour"
field tent - a canvas tent for use in the field
Sibley tent - a light conical canvas tent erected on a tripod with ventilation at the top
collapsible shelter, tent - a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs); "he pitched his tent near the creek"
wall tent - a canvas tent with four vertical walls
|5.||canvass - an oil painting on canvas fabric|
oil painting - a picture painted with oil paints
|6.||canvass - the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete; "the boxer picked himself up off the canvas"|
gym mat, mat - sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor for gymnastic sports
ring - a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
|7.||canvass - a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)|
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
hemp - a plant fiber
|Verb||1.||canvass - get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions|
survey - make a survey of; for statistical purposes
|2.||canvass - solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign|
solicit, beg, tap - make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
circularize - canvass by using a questionnaire
|3.||canvass - consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"|
anatomize - analyze down to the smallest detail; "This writer anatomized the depth of human behavior"
diagnose, name - determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
diagnose - subject to a medical analysis
survey, appraise - consider in a comprehensive way; "He appraised the situation carefully before acting"
survey - make a survey of; for statistical purposes
compare - examine and note the similarities or differences of; "John compared his haircut to his friend's"; "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, suss out, look into, go over - examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
assay - analyze (chemical substances)
audit, scrutinise, scrutinize, inspect - examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification; "audit accounts and tax returns"
screen - examine methodically; "screen the suitcases"
trace, follow - follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress"
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Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
يَطوفُ بالمَنازِلِ طَلَبا للأصْواتيُقْنِعُ
선거 운동을 하다
oy toplamakkapı kapı dolaşmak
vận động bầu cử
2. (US) [+ votes] → escudriñar
3. (Comm) [+ district, opinions] → sondear; [+ orders] → solicitar; [+ purchaser] → solicitar pedidos de
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(for political party) [+ district] → faire une tournée électorale dans, faire campagne dans; [+ voter] → solliciter le suffrage de
(in survey) [+ citizens, opinion] → sonder
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
(Pol) district → Wahlwerbung machen in (+dat); person → für seine Partei zu gewinnen suchen; to canvass the local electorate → in seinem Wahlkreis Stimmen werben or auf Stimmenfang gehen (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
1. vt (Pol) (district) → fare un giro elettorale di (000) (person) → fare propaganda elettorale a (Comm) (district) → battere (per raccogliere ordinazioni) (000) (citizens, opinions) → fare un sondaggio di
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
to go round (an area) asking (people) for (support, votes, custom etc). We're canvassing for the Conservative Party candidate. stemme werf, kiesers bearbei يَطوفُ بالمَنازِلِ طَلَبا للأصْوات агитирам angariar agitovat Stimmen werben propagandere ψηφοθηρώ hacer propaganda, hacer campaña hääli hankima خانه به خانه رفتن برای جلب آرای مردم؛ تبلیغات انتخاباتی کردن kalastella ääniä faire campagne pour לְגָייֵס תְּמִיכָה वोट मांगना, चंदा मांगना agitirati korteskedik kampanye safna undirskriftum/atkvæðum fare propaganda 勧誘して回る 유세하다 agituoti aģitēt; vākt balsis berkempen klanten, stemmen werven samle underskrifter/støtte zabiegać o głosy په ټاټ يا شړۍ كې نغښتل: امتحانول: څېړل: (امر) په انتخا باتو كې دخلكو څخه درايوغوښتنه angariar a face campanie (electorală) агитировать agitovať nabirati glasove agitovati gå runt och [försöka] värva röster หาเสียง oy toplamak; kapı kapı dolaşmak 遊說，拉選票 збирати голоси لوگوں کو (رائے دہی) کے لئے ترغیب دینا đi vận động 游说，拉选票ˈcanvasser noun
stemwerwer مُتَجَوِّلٌ агитатор angariador agitátor der/die Wahlstimmenwerber(in) stemmehverver ψηφοθήρας persona que hace campaña a favor de un partido häältehankija زمینه یاب ääntenkalastaja agent électoral מְגָייֵס תְּמִיכָה वोट मांगने वाला, प्रार्थी agitator kortes aktivis kampanye undirskriftasafnari; atkvæðasmali galoppino elettorale 選挙運動員 선거운동원, 외판원 agitatorius aģitators; balsu vācējs individu berkempen stemmenwerver husagitator działacz polityczny مبلغ angariador agent electoral агитатор agitátor, -ka agitator agitator röstvärvare ผู้หาเสียง oy toplayan / kapı kapı gezen kimse 遊說者，拉選票者 той, хто збирає голоси اشتہار کرنے والا người đi vận động 游说者，拉选票者
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canvass→ يُقْنِعُ agitovat undersøge werben διεξάγω προεκλογική εκστρατεία hacer campaña, sondear kalastella ääniä prospecter agitirati sollecitare 投票を頼んで回る 선거 운동을 하다 werven agitere agitować fazer campanha eleitoral агитировать värva ออกเที่ยวฟังความเห็น เที่ยวหาเสียง oy toplamak vận động bầu cử 游说
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