- 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
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Examples from the Web for canvassing
They make their own ads, run their own canvassing efforts, and have even started recruiting their own candidates.Is Big Money Politics an Overblown Evil?
August 2, 2014
“Tracting,” the LDS term for canvassing for converts, seems like utter hell.The Book of Mormon: A Novel
March 14, 2013
Canvassing volunteers have been helping by going door to door and texting in for those without cell phone capacity.Text In to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims
November 16, 2012
Thousands of union workers are canvassing door-to-door, calling voters and campaigning against the candidate online.Florida Union Marchers Take on the GOP
August 30, 2012
Yesterday, I was canvassing for Barack Obama in Wausau, Wisconsin when an elderly man brought this flyer into the office.A Letter Found Taped to Mailboxes in Suburban Wisconsin
October 24, 2008
These happy days of canvassing, and this freedom of election, could not last for ever.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
There were meetings, and more meetings, and letter writing, and canvassing of voters.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
The other party is canvassing warmly, but secretly against him.
Now I should like to hear how they are canvassing me in the bar, and what they think of me in the stable.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
He has not resigned, and yet men are canvassing for his seat for the University.
- 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 canvassing
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.