Meaning of “canvass” in the English Dictionary

"canvass" in British English

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canvassverb

uk /ˈkæn.vəs/ us /ˈkæn.vəs/

canvass verb (ASK)

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.
canvass
noun [ C ] uk us
canvasser
noun [ C ] uk /ˈkæn.və.sər/ us /ˈkæn.və.sɚ/

(Definition of “canvass” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"canvass" in American English

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canvassverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈkæn·vəs/

to go to each house in an area to find out how many people live there or what their opinions are, or to get support:

[ T ] Candidates canvassed the city’s neighborhoods for votes.

(Definition of “canvass” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"canvass" in Business English

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canvassverb

uk /ˈkænvəs/ us

[ T ] to try to discover information or opinions by asking people:

The survey shows that half the companies canvassed felt that using corporate websites was more cost-effective than other recruitment methods.

[ I or T ] POLITICS to try to get political support or votes, especially by visiting people's houses:

I canvassed with him and more than a month ago predicted he would win.

(Definition of “canvass” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)