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canvass

verb
 
 
/ˈkænvəs/
[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)
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