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Definition of canvass verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they canvass
    he / she / it canvasses
    past simple canvassed
    -ing form canvassing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to ask someone to support a particular person, political party, etc., especially by going around an area and talking to people canvass (for something) He spent the whole month canvassing for votes. canvass somebody (for something) Party workers are busy canvassing local residents for their support.
  2. 2[transitive] to ask people about something in order to find out what they think about it canvass something He has been canvassing the neighborhood about property taxes. canvass somebody People are being canvassed for their opinions on the proposed new road.
  3. 3[transitive] canvass support to try to get support from a group of people synonym drum somethingup
  4. 4[transitive] canvass something to discuss an idea thoroughly The proposal is currently being canvassed.
canvass noun
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to carry out a canvass