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Definition of canvass:

  1. Close inspection; careful review for verification; as, a canvass of votes.
  2. Examination in the way of discussion or debate.
  3. Search; exploration; solicitation; systematic effort to obtain votes, subscribers, etc.
  4. To examine by discussion; to debate.
  5. To go trough, with personal solicitation or public addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass a city for subscriptions.
  6. 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.
  7. To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to scrutinize; as, to canvass the votes cast at an election; to canvass a district with reference to its probable vote.

Synonyms:

read, agitate, crown, put someone on the spot, canvas, tabloid, psychoanalyse, try out, peddle, hold, solicit, hash, pate, meditate, get in, sheet, stand for, weather sheet, see, consult, interrogation, interview, flat solid, talk over, bandy, dissect, pick someone's brains, questionnaire, put to, mainsheet, prove, talk, hit the books, sweep to/from power, canvas tent, leading question, shroud, piece of paper, consider, sell, break down, demand, clear the air, discuss, negotiate, analyse, sail, moot, stand, inquiry, rag, apply, take, talk through, sheet of paper, learn, pollard, rhetorical question, bed sheet, poll, plane, analyze, bat, opinion poll, cruise, essay, argue, take apart, represent, poll parrot, run, tack, test, study, public opinion poll, try, examine, campaign, psychoanalyze.

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