verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of canvass
Synonyms for canvass
Related Words for canvassscrutinize, inspect, agitate, solicit, consult, ventilate, run, campaign, scan, study, investigate, debate, examine, survey, argue, review, sift, apply, analyze, check
Examples from the Web for canvass
Contemporary Examples of canvass
There is no purpose in asking people to walk the neighborhood to canvass for someone who would support the status quo.Tea Party Takes on Boehner
February 19, 2014
The software allows users to make phone calls, register to vote, and canvass neighborhoods with a few simple instructions.Midterm Scramble for Youth Vote
October 3, 2010
Historical Examples of canvass
In speaking of the canvass that was set, I ought to have said something of the state of our decks.
This time we were questioned about canvass, but got off by concealing the truth.
Most of our canvass blew from the gaskets, the cloth going in ribands.
But there has been no canvass as yet,—his address isn't even printed.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
In nine of those campaigns I myself, made a canvass from county to county.
Word Origin for canvass
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.