Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “canvass”

canvass

verb uk   /ˈkæn.vəs/ us  

canvass verb (GET SUPPORT)

[I or T] to try to get political support or votes, especially by visiting all the houses in an area: I've been out canvassing for the Labour Party every evening this week.Elections

canvass verb (ASK)

[T] to try to discover information or opinions by asking people: The council has been canvassing local opinion/local people to get their thoughts on the proposed housing development.Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning

canvass verb (SUGGEST)

[T] UK formal to suggest an idea or plan to be considered: Wind and wave power are now being seriously canvassed as the solution to our energy problems.Suggestions and proposals
canvass
noun [C] uk   us  
Elections
canvasser
noun [C] uk   /ˈkæn.və.sər/ us    /-sɚ/
Supporters, members and defendersBelievers and non-believersActivism and pressure groups
(Definition of canvass from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of canvass?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “canvass” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

underarm

(done by) moving the arm below shoulder level

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More