canvass

  • 1 Canvass — Can vass, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {canvassed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Canvassing}.] [OF. Canabasser to examine curiously, to search or sift out; properly, to sift through canvas. See {Canvas}, n.] 1. To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 canvass — can·vass also can·vas / kan vəs/ vb vassed also vased, vass·ing, also, vas·ing vt 1 a: to examine in detail; specif: to examine (votes) officially for authenticity b: to make the subject of discussion or debate …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Canvass — Can vass, n. 1. Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Examination in the way of discussion or debate. [1913 Webster] 3. Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Canvass — Can vass, v. i. To search thoroughly; to engage in solicitation by traversing a district; as, to canvass for subscriptions or for votes; to canvass for a book, a publisher, or in behalf of a charity; commonly followed by for. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 canvass — can‧vass [ˈkænvəs] verb [transitive] MARKETING 1. to ask people about something in order to get their opinion or to get information: • People were canvassed for their opinions on the scheme. canvasser noun [countable] : • You may get a brief… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 6 canvass — c.1500, from CANVAS (Cf. canvas) and probably meaning, originally, to toss in a canvas sheet, hence to shake out, examine carefully (1520s); to solicit votes (1550s); though to sift through canvas also has been proposed as the basic metaphor. The …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 canvass — [v] poll; discuss issues agitate, analyze, apply, argue, campaign, check, check over, consult, debate, dispute, electioneer, examine, inspect, investigate, review, run, scan, scrutinize, sift, solicit, study, survey, ventilate; concepts… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 canvass — ► VERB 1) visit (someone) in order to seek their vote in an election. 2) question (someone) to find out their opinion. 3) Brit. propose (an idea or plan) for discussion. ► NOUN ▪ an act of canvassing. DERIVATIVES canvasser noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 canvass — [kan′vəs] vt. [< CANVAS < ? use of canvas for sifting] 1. to examine or discuss in detail; look over carefully 2. to go through (places) or among (people) asking for (votes, opinions, orders, etc.) vi. to try to get votes, orders, etc.;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 canvass — I UK [ˈkænvəs] / US verb Word forms canvass : present tense I/you/we/they canvass he/she/it canvasses present participle canvassing past tense canvassed past participle canvassed 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to ask many people in an area for… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 canvass — can|vass [ˈkænvəs] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: canvass to throw up in the air from a canvas sheet as a game or punishment (16 17 centuries), from canvas] 1.) [I and T] to try to persuade people to support a political party, politician, plan etc… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 canvass — can|vass1 [ kænvəs ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to ask many people in an area for their opinions and encourage them to vote for someone or support something: canvass for: Volunteers are needed to help canvass for the Republican… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 canvass — [[t]kæ̱nvəs[/t]] canvasses, canvassing, canvassed 1) VERB If you canvass for a particular person or political party, you go around an area trying to persuade people to vote for that person or party. [V for n] I m canvassing for the Conservative… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 canvass — verb 1 (I, T) to try to get information, support for a political party etc, by going from place to place within an area and talking to people: The company canvassed 600 people who use their product. | We ll have to canvass the entire area before… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 canvass — /ˈkænvəs / (say kanvuhs) verb (t) 1. to solicit votes, subscriptions, opinions, etc., from (a district, group of people, etc.). 2. to engage in a political campaign. 3. to examine carefully; investigate by inquiry: to canvass the new measure. 4.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 canvass — canvas, canvass 1. Canvas with one s means ‘coarse cloth’. The plural is canvases and as a verb (‘to cover or line with canvas’) it has inflected forms canvasses, canvassed, canvassing. 2. Canvass with two s s is a verb meaning ‘to solicit votes’ …

    Modern English usage

  • 17 canvass — Air examination. The solicitation of votes, orders for goods, etc., by going from house to house or from place of business to place of business; the tabulation prior to an election of probable votes for the Purpose of predicting the outcome of… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 18 canvass — I. verb also canvas (canvassed; canvassing) Date: 1508 transitive verb 1. obsolete to toss in a canvas sheet in sport or punishment 2. a. to examine in detail; specifically to examine (votes) officially for authenticity …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 canvass — See canvas, canvass …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 20 canvass — verb Canvass is used with these nouns as the object: ↑neighbourhood, ↑view …

    Collocations dictionary