- to solicit votes, subscriptions, opinions, or the like from.
- to examine carefully; investigate by inquiry; discuss; debate.
- to solicit votes, opinions, or the like.
- a soliciting of votes, orders, or the like.
- a campaign for election to government office.
- close inspection; scrutiny.
Origin of canvass
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for canvassed
Images have been provided to Interpol, and ports, airports and train stations have all been canvassed with images of the girl.Mystery Dublin Girl May Have Been Victim Of Sex Trafficking
November 5, 2013
You canvassed a lot of great filmmakers in Seduced and Abandoned, including Roman Polanski.Alec Baldwin Uncensored: On His HBO Doc, Bloomberg, Polanski, and The New York Times
October 22, 2013
It was the view of far too many of those we canvassed that excluding him would be, as one professor put it, “very silly indeed.”15 Most Important Economic Journalists
October 3, 2010
Delezen canvassed for Obama in 2008 and went to his inauguration.How It Played in the Gulf
June 16, 2010
Enid Glenwilliam canvassed them all at least as freely as her neighbors.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
"I canvassed the entire House personally that other time," he said.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
It also contends that "the transactions of the Board ought not to be canvassed in the newspapers."Great Astronomers
R. S. Ball
She had canvassed fifty-four counties and sold 20,000 tracts.Susan B. Anthony
The motives of the lawgivers were canvassed without reserve.
- to solicit votes, orders, advertising, etc, from
- to determine the feelings and opinions of (voters before an election, etc), esp by conducting a survey
- to investigate (something) thoroughly, esp by discussion or debate
- mainly US to inspect (votes) officially to determine their validity
- a solicitation of opinions, votes, sales orders, etc
- close inspection; scrutiny
Word Origin and History for canvassed
c.1500, from alternative spelling of canvas (n.) and probably meaning, originally, "to toss or sift in a canvas sheet," hence "to shake out, examine carefully" (1520s); "to solicit votes" (1550s). The spelling with a double -s- dates from 16c. Cf. Old French canabasser "to examine carefully," literally "to sift through canvas." Related: Canvassed; canvassing. As a noun related to this, attested from c.1600.