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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.


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