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canvassverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈkæn·vəs/
to go to each ​house in an ​area to ​find out how many ​peoplelive there or what ​theiropinions 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)

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canvassverb

uk   us   /ˈkæn.vəs/

canvass verb (GET SUPPORT)

[I or T] to ​try to get ​politicalsupport 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)

[T] to ​try to ​discoverinformation or ​opinions by ​askingpeople: The ​council has been canvassing ​local opinion/​localpeople to get ​theirthoughts on the ​proposedhousingdevelopment.

canvass verb (SUGGEST)

[T] UK formal to ​suggest an ​idea or ​plan to be ​considered: Wind and ​wavepower are now being ​seriously canvassed as the ​solution to ​ourenergyproblems.
canvass
noun [C] uk   us  
canvasser
noun [C] uk   /ˈkæn.və.sər/  us   /-sɚ/
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canvassverb

uk   us   /ˈkænvəs/
[T] to ​try to discover ​information or ​opinions by ​askingpeople: The ​surveyshows that half the ​companies canvassed ​felt that using ​corporatewebsites was more ​cost-effective than other ​recruitmentmethods.
[I or T] POLITICS to ​try to get ​politicalsupport 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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