Canvass - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkænvəs|  American pronunciation of the word canvass
Brit.  |ˈkanvəs|  British pronunciation of the word canvass


- the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account (syn: canvas)
- an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people (syn: poll)
- a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel (syn: canvas, sail, sheet)
- a tent made of canvas fabric (syn: canvas)
- an oil painting on canvas fabric (syn: canvas)
- the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete (syn: canvas)
- a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents) (syn: canvas)


- get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions (syn: poll)
- solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
- consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning (syn: analyse, analyze, examine, study)


A team of volunteers is canvassing the city for the Republican Party.

We go to every house to canvass voters.

She is canvassing for one of the presidential candidates this year.

The group has been canvassing neighborhoods to ask people to vote for him.

The company canvassed several sites for a new factory.

I have to thank all my helpers who canvassed for me and helped me to win this election.

Candidates from all three parties were out canvassing in Darlington today.

Chapman spent the rest of May canvassing for votes.

The US has been canvassing support from other Asian states.

Police canvassed the neighborhood, but didn't find any witnesses.

A committee was set up to canvass the city's educational options.

He is canvassing support for his Bill among members of the Opposition.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: canvass
he/she/it: canvasses
present participle: canvassing
past tense: canvassed
past participle: canvassed
singular: canvass
plural: canvasses
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