canvass


canvass
can·vass also can·vas /'kan-vəs/ vb -vassed also -vased, -vass·ing, also, -vas·ing
vt
1 a: to examine in detail; specif: to examine (votes) officially for authenticity
b: to make the subject of discussion or debate
2: to go through (a district) or go to (persons) in order to solicit orders or political support or to determine opinions or sentiments
vi: to seek or solicit orders or votes

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

canvass
I verb ambire, analyze, ask, ask earnestly, audit, bring in question, carry on an inquiry, conduct an inquiry, count, delve into, dig into, discuss, dissect, examine, examine searchingly, explore, follow up an inquiry, hold an inquiry, inquire, inquire into, inspect, institute an inquiry, investigate, look about for, look into, make a survey, petition, poll, preexamine, probe, pursue an inquiry, question, report, request, research, review, scan, scrutinize, search, set up an inquiry, study, subject to examination, survey, take up an inquiry, throw open to inquiry associated concepts: canvass a jury, canvass the members of a class II index analyze, check (inspect), debate, examine (study), poll, request, scrutinize, solicit, survey (poll)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • Canvass — Can vass, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {canvassed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Canvassing}.] [OF. Canabasser to examine curiously, to search or sift out; properly, to sift through canvas. See {Canvas}, n.] 1. To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canvass — Can vass, n. 1. Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Examination in the way of discussion or debate. [1913 Webster] 3. Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canvass — Can vass, v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • canvass — can‧vass [ˈkænvəs] verb [transitive] MARKETING 1. to ask people about something in order to get their opinion or to get information: • People were canvassed for their opinions on the scheme. canvasser noun [countable] : • You may get a brief… …   Financial and business terms

  • canvass — c.1500, from CANVAS (Cf. canvas) and probably meaning, originally, to toss in a canvas sheet, hence to shake out, examine carefully (1520s); to solicit votes (1550s); though to sift through canvas also has been proposed as the basic metaphor. The …   Etymology dictionary

  • canvass — [v] poll; discuss issues agitate, analyze, apply, argue, campaign, check, check over, consult, debate, dispute, electioneer, examine, inspect, investigate, review, run, scan, scrutinize, sift, solicit, study, survey, ventilate; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • canvass — ► VERB 1) visit (someone) in order to seek their vote in an election. 2) question (someone) to find out their opinion. 3) Brit. propose (an idea or plan) for discussion. ► NOUN ▪ an act of canvassing. DERIVATIVES canvasser noun …   English terms dictionary

  • canvass — [kan′vəs] vt. [< CANVAS < ? use of canvas for sifting] 1. to examine or discuss in detail; look over carefully 2. to go through (places) or among (people) asking for (votes, opinions, orders, etc.) vi. to try to get votes, orders, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • canvass — I UK [ˈkænvəs] / US verb Word forms canvass : present tense I/you/we/they canvass he/she/it canvasses present participle canvassing past tense canvassed past participle canvassed 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to ask many people in an area for… …   English dictionary

  • canvass — can|vass [ˈkænvəs] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: canvass to throw up in the air from a canvas sheet as a game or punishment (16 17 centuries), from canvas] 1.) [I and T] to try to persuade people to support a political party, politician, plan etc… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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