Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

canvass

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb British English pronunciation: canvass /ˈkænvəs/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theycanvass
he/she/itcanvasses
present participlecanvassing
past tensecanvassed
past participlecanvassed

Related dictionary definitions

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

    The prime minister has spent the day canvassing in Doncaster.

    canvass for:

    Party supporters were called on to help canvass for their candidate.

    canvass support:

    The Home Secretary has been canvassing support for his new crime bill.

    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.

derived word

canvasser

noun [countable]
Word Forms
Close
singularcanvasser
pluralcanvassers

emoji

a small digital image … which is used in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog