"canvassing" in the noun sense
1. electioneering, bell ringing, canvassing
persuasion of voters in a political campaign
"canvassing" in the verb sense
1. poll, canvass
get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
3. analyze, analyse, study, examine, canvass
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
"analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"
"analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"
"analyze your real motives"
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