canvass - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlecanvassing
past tensecanvassed
past participlecanvassed
  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

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