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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.

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    /-sɚ/
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