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verb canvass pronunciation in American English /ˈkænvəs/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycanvass
he/she/itcanvasses
present participlecanvassing
past tensecanvassed
past participlecanvassed

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to ask many people in an area for their opinions and encourage them to vote for someone or support something
    canvass for:

    We were canvassing for the Republican candidate.

    canvass support:

    We're canvassing support for a new school in our neighborhood.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to ask many people in different places for their opinions

      We will be canvassing the views of teachers all over the country.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to discuss an idea in order to decide whether to accept it or not

    Various possibilities have been canvassed.

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canvasser

noun [countable]
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singularcanvasser
pluralcanvassers

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