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verb canvass pronunciation in American English /ˈkænvəs/
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present tense
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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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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