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canvass

[kan-vuhs]
verb (used with object)
1.
to solicit votes, subscriptions, opinions, or the like from.
2.
to examine carefully; investigate by inquiry; discuss; debate.
verb (used without object)
3.
to solicit votes, opinions, or the like.
noun
4.
a soliciting of votes, orders, or the like.
5.
a campaign for election to government office.
6.
close inspection; scrutiny.

Origin:
1500–10; orig. spelling variant of canvas, as a v.; sense “discuss” apparently development of the earlier senses “toss in a canvas sheet,” “harshly criticize”; sense “solicit votes” obscurely derived

canvasser, noun
precanvass, verb (used with object), noun
uncanvassed, adjective
undercanvass, verb
well-canvassed, adjective

canvas, canvass.


2. analyze, scrutinize, explore.
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canvass (ˈkænvəs)
 
vb
1.  to solicit votes, orders, advertising, etc, from
2.  to determine the feelings and opinions of (voters before an election, etc), esp by conducting a survey
3.  to investigate (something) thoroughly, esp by discussion or debate
4.  chiefly (US) to inspect (votes) officially to determine their validity
 
n
5.  a solicitation of opinions, votes, sales orders, etc
6.  close inspection; scrutiny
 
[C16: probably from obsolete sense of canvas (to toss someone in a canvas sheet, hence, to harass, criticize); the development of current senses is unexplained]
 
'canvasser
 
n
 
'canvassing
 
n

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canvass
1508, from canvas and probably meaning, originally, "to toss in a canvas sheet," though "to sift through canvas" has also been proposed.
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