Meaning of canvass

can•vass

Pronunciation: (kan'vus), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to solicit votes, subscriptions, opinions, or the like from.
  2. to examine carefully; investigate by inquiry; discuss; debate.
—v.i.
  1. to solicit votes, opinions, or the like.
—n.
  1. a soliciting of votes, orders, or the like.
  2. a campaign for election to government office.
  3. close inspection; scrutiny.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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