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canvass

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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can·vass

 (kăn′vəs)
v. can·vassed, can·vass·ing, can·vass·es
v.tr.
1. To examine carefully or discuss thoroughly; scrutinize: "The evidence had been repeatedly canvassed in American courts" (Anthony Lewis).
2.
a. To go through (a region) or go to (persons) to solicit votes or orders.
b. To conduct a survey of (public opinion); poll.
v.intr.
1. To make a thorough examination or conduct a detailed discussion.
2. To solicit voters, orders, or opinions.
n.
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.]

can′vass·er n.
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canvass

(ˈkænvəs)
vb
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
n
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]
ˈcanvasser n
ˈcanvassing n
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can•vass

(ˈkæn vəs)

v.t.
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”]
can′vass•er, n.
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canvass


Past participle: canvassed
Gerund: canvassing

Imperative
canvass
canvass
Present
I canvass
you canvass
he/she/it canvasses
we canvass
you canvass
they canvass
Preterite
I canvassed
you canvassed
he/she/it canvassed
we canvassed
you canvassed
they canvassed
Present Continuous
I am canvassing
you are canvassing
he/she/it is canvassing
we are canvassing
you are canvassing
they are canvassing
Present Perfect
I have canvassed
you have canvassed
he/she/it has canvassed
we have canvassed
you have canvassed
they have canvassed
Past Continuous
I was canvassing
you were canvassing
he/she/it was canvassing
we were canvassing
you were canvassing
they were canvassing
Past Perfect
I had canvassed
you had canvassed
he/she/it had canvassed
we had canvassed
you had canvassed
they had canvassed
Future
I will canvass
you will canvass
he/she/it will canvass
we will canvass
you will canvass
they will canvass
Future Perfect
I will have canvassed
you will have canvassed
he/she/it will have canvassed
we will have canvassed
you will have canvassed
they will have canvassed
Future Continuous
I will be canvassing
you will be canvassing
he/she/it will be canvassing
we will be canvassing
you will be canvassing
they will be canvassing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been canvassing
you have been canvassing
he/she/it has been canvassing
we have been canvassing
you have been canvassing
they have been canvassing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been canvassing
you will have been canvassing
he/she/it will have been canvassing
we will have been canvassing
you will have been canvassing
they will have been canvassing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been canvassing
you had been canvassing
he/she/it had been canvassing
we had been canvassing
you had been canvassing
they had been canvassing
Conditional
I would canvass
you would canvass
he/she/it would canvass
we would canvass
you would canvass
they would canvass
Past Conditional
I would have canvassed
you would have canvassed
he/she/it would have canvassed
we would have canvassed
you would have canvassed
they would have canvassed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canvass - the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account; "the crowded canvas of history"; "the movie demanded a dramatic canvas of sound"
scope, setting, background - the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting"
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
straw poll, straw vote - an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
3.canvass - a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vesselcanvass - 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
crossjack, mizzen course - the lowermost sail on a mizzenmast
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
piece of cloth, piece of material - a separate part consisting of fabric
press of canvas, press of sail - the greatest amount of sail that a ship can carry safely
royal - a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast
sailing ship, sailing vessel - a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
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
topgallant, topgallant sail - a sail set on a yard of a topgallant 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 fabriccanvass - 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)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"
tarp, tarpaulin - waterproofed canvas
hemp - a plant fiber
Verb1.canvass - get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
survey - make a survey of; for statistical purposes
circularise, circularize - canvass by distributing letters
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 meaningcanvass - 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)
reexamine, review - look at again; examine again; "let's review your situation"
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"
investigate, look into - investigate scientifically; "Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"
sieve, sift - check and sort carefully; "sift the information"
look at, view, consider - look at carefully; study mentally; "view a problem"
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canvass

verb
1. campaign, solicit votes, electioneer I'm canvassing for the Labour Party.
2. poll, study, examine, investigate, analyse, scan, inspect, sift, scrutinize The survey canvassed the views of almost 80 economists.
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Translations
يَطوفُ بالمَنازِلِ طَلَبا للأصْواتيُقْنِعُ
agitovat
propagandereundersøge
kalastella ääniä
agitirati
safna undirskriftum/atkvæîum
投票を頼んで回る
선거 운동을 하다
aģitētvākt balsis
värva
ออกเที่ยวฟังความเห็น เที่ยวหาเสียง
oy toplamakkapı kapı dolaşmak
vận động bầu cử

canvass

[ˈkænvəs]
A. VT
1. (Pol) [+ district] → hacer campaña en; [+ voters] → solicitar el voto de; [+ votes] → solicitar
2. (US) [+ votes] → escudriñar
3. (Comm) [+ district, opinions] → sondear; [+ orders] → solicitar; [+ purchaser] → solicitar pedidos de
4. (= discuss) [+ possibility, question] → discutir, someter a debate
B. VI
1. (Pol) → solicitar votos, hacer campaña (for a favor de)
2. (Comm) → buscar clientes
C. N
1. (Pol) (for votes) → solicitación f
to make a door-to-door canvassir solicitando votos de puerta en puerta
2. (Comm) (= inquiry) → sondeo m
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canvass

[ˈkænvəs]
vt
(for political party) [+ district] → faire une tournée électorale dans, faire campagne dans; [+ voter] → solliciter le suffrage de
(in survey) [+ citizens, opinion] → sonder
vi (for political party)faire campagne
to canvass for → faire campagne pour
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canvass

vt
(Pol) districtWahlwerbung machen in (+dat); personfür seine Partei zu gewinnen suchen; to canvass the local electoratein seinem Wahlkreis Stimmen werben or auf Stimmenfang gehen (inf)
customers, citizens etcansprechen, werben; issueunter die Leute bringen; districtbereisen; (= sound out) opinionserforschen
vi
(Pol) → um Stimmen werben (for sb für jdn)
n (Pol, Comm) → Aktion f, → Kampagne f
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canvass

[ˈkænvəs]
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
2. vi (Pol) → raccogliere voti (Comm) → battere la zona per raccogliere ordinazioni
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

canvass

(ˈkӕnvəs) verb
to go round (an area) asking (people) for (support, votes, custom etc). We're canvassing for the Conservative Party candidate.
ˈcanvasser noun
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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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The National Board of Canvassers ended the canvass late Tuesday.
'[The conference was held] to formally close the operations at the transparency server since na tapos na ang canvassing sa National Board of Canvassers sa PICC and right now pino-proclaim na ang winning 12 senators and later on yung party-list congressmen,' Serrano said.
Ellis Miguel, provincial election supervisor, said the delay was traced to the more than 140 defective SD cards for the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) which failed to transmit the election results from the polling centers to the Provincial Board of Canvassers.
Bernie Hunt, Kensington Fields Canvassers worried IT WOULD be wise of Mrs May and Mr Corbyn to sort out Brexit very soon, as I have just read, on a pro-Remain site, that many local election canvassers and party workers are refusing to go knocking on doors because of the verbal chastising they are getting about Brexit.
They gave the verdict weekend at the inauguration of 4,000 Buhari Canvassers and 10 branded cars for the re-election of Buhari by the Mainstream Delta APC at the Grand Hotel Asaba.
GARDENING season is now upon us and I must warn readers in West Heath, Kings Norton and nearby areas about certain so-called tree surgeon canvassers operating in the area.
Told from the point of view of the canvassers and the boots on the ground, the narrative covers the vast marketing campaign as well as the personal stories behind the posters and ads.
Mary O'Brien, 72, from Mayfield, contacted Cork's 96FM amid claims she was talked down to by some of Minister Murphy's canvassers.
Voters approached by LGBT canvassers improved their support for same-sex marriage by about 20 percent (as measured on a 5-point scale).
For never but by British hands, Maun British wrangs be righted!" The bard is all things to all men, but I think canvassers these days would put him down as "undecided".
At the moment Susan is part of a seven-strong Classified team which needs bringing back up to full strength with seven canvassers and one Field Sales Motors representative