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draft

noun  us   /dræft/

draft noun (PLAN)

writing, art [C] a piece of writing or drawing that is done early in the development of a work to help prepare it in its final form: The architects gave us their first draft of the design.

draft noun (CHOOSING PEOPLE)

[U] the process by which people are ordered by law to become members of the armed forces, or the process by which players are chosen to play for professional (= paid) sports teams

draft noun (COLD AIR)

[C] a current of cold air inside a room: She felt a cold draft every time the door was opened.

draft noun (BANKING)

[C] a written order for money to be paid by a bank: a bank draft

draft

verb [T]  us   /dræft/

draft verb [T] (WRITE)

to write something, esp. at an early stage before it is in final form: She drafted a letter to her lawyer.

draft verb [T] (CHOOSE PEOPLE)

to order a person to become a member of the armed forces In sports, to draft is to choose someone, esp. someone in a college or university to become available as a player for a team that pays its players: The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted him in the first round.
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