Canvass

Definition of Canvass

Can´vass
v. t.1.To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to scrutinize; as, to canvass the votes cast at an election; to canvass a district with reference to its probable vote.
[imp. & p. p. canvassed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Canvassing.]
I have made careful search on all hands, and canvassed the matter with all possible diligence.
- Woodward.
2.To examine by discussion; to debate.
An opinion that we are likely soon to canvass.
- Sir W. Hamilton.
3.To go through, with personal solicitation or public addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass a city for subscriptions.
v. i.1.To search thoroughly; to engage in solicitation by traversing a district; as, to canvass for subscriptions or for votes; to canvass for a book, a publisher, or in behalf of a charity; - commonly followed by for.
n.1.Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes.
2.Examination in the way of discussion or debate.
3.Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain votes, subscribers, etc.
No previous canvass was made for me.
- Burke.

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