Canvass Can"vass, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {canvassed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Canvassing}.] [OF. Canabasser to examine curiously, to search or sift out; properly, to sift through canvas. See {Canvas}, n.] 1. To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to scrutinize; as, to canvass the votes cast at an election; to canvass a district with reference to its probable vote. [1913 Webster]

I have made careful search on all hands, and canvassed the matter with all possible diligence. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

2. To examine by discussion; to debate. [1913 Webster]

An opinion that we are likely soon to canvass. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

3. To go through, with personal solicitation or public addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass a city for subscriptions. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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