- 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 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
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.
- 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 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.