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"draft" in British English

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draftnoun

uk   /drɑːft/  us   /dræft/

draft noun (PLAN)

B2 [C] a ​piece of ​text, a ​formalsuggestion, or a ​drawing in ​itsoriginalstate, often ​containing the ​mainideas and ​intentions but not the ​developedform: This is only a rough draft - the ​finishedarticle will have ​pictures too. She ​asked me to ​check the (first) draft of her ​proposal.
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draft noun (MILITARY)

the draft [S] mainly US (UK conscription) the ​system of ​orderingpeople by ​law to ​join the ​armedforces: He ​avoided the draft because of a ​footinjury.

draft noun (SPORT)

[S] the ​system by which ​sportsteams in the US ​choose new ​youngplayers at the ​beginning of each ​season: the NBA draft He was a second-round draft pick by the Raiders.

draft noun (MONEY)

[C] a written ​order for ​money to be ​paid by a ​bank, ​especially to another ​bank: I ​arranged for some ​money to be ​sent from London to L.A. by banker's draft.

draft noun (COLD AIR)

[C] US (UK draught) a ​current of ​unpleasantlycoldairblowing through a ​room

draft noun (BOATS)

[C] US specialized (UK draught) sailing the ​depth of ​waterneeded for a ​boat to be ​able to ​float

draft noun (BEER)

[U] US (UK draught) a ​system of ​storing and ​servingdrinks from ​largecontainers, ​especially barrels: Is the ​lager on draft or is it ​bottled?

draftadjective [before noun]

US (UK draught) uk   us   /drɑːft/ /dræft/

draft adjective [before noun] (BEER)

(of ​drinks such as ​beer) ​stored in and ​served from ​largecontainers, ​especially barrels: draft ​beer/​lager/​cider

draft adjective [before noun] (ANIMALS)

(of ​animals) used for ​pullingheavy loads, ​vehicles, etc.: a draft ​horse

draftverb

uk   /drɑːft/  us   /dræft/

draft verb (PLAN)

C1 UK to write down a ​document for the first ​time, ​including the ​mainpoints but not all the ​details: Draft a ​proposal for the ​project and we can ​discuss it at the ​meeting. UK to ​draw the ​plans for a new ​building, ​structure, ​machine, etc.: They ​hired an ​architect to draft the ​plans for ​their new ​home.

draft verb (MILITARY)

[T usually passive] mainly US (UK conscript) to ​orderpeople by ​law to ​join the ​armedforces: He was drafted (into the ​army) at 18.
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draftadjective [before noun]

uk   /drɑːft/  us   /dræft/

draft adjective [before noun] (PLAN)

A draft ​plan, ​document, etc. is in ​its first ​form, ​including the ​mainpoints but not all the ​details: a draft ​plan/​bill/​proposal

draft adjective [before noun] (BEER)

US (UK draught) (of ​drinks such as ​beer) ​stored in and ​served from ​largecontainers, ​especially barrels: draft ​beer/​lager/​cider

draft adjective [before noun] (ANIMALS)

US (UK draught) (of ​animals) used for ​pullingheavy loads, ​vehicles, etc.: a draft ​horse
(Definition of draft from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"draft" in American English

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draftnoun

 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 ​helpprepare it in ​itsfinalform: 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 ​becomemembers of the ​armedforces, or the ​process by which ​players are ​chosen to ​play for professional (= ​paid)sportsteams

draft noun (COLD AIR)

[C] a ​current of ​coldair 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

draftverb [T]

 us   /dræft/

draft verb [T] (WRITE)

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

draft verb [T] (CHOOSE PEOPLE)

to ​order a ​person to ​become a ​member of the ​armedforces In ​sports, to draft is to ​choose someone, esp. someone in a ​college or ​university to ​becomeavailable as a ​player for a ​team that ​paysitsplayers: The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted him in the first round.
(Definition of draft from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"draft" in Business English

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draftnoun [C]

uk   /drɑːft/  us   /dræft/
a ​piece of writing such as a ​letter, ​report, or speech that may not be in its ​finalform and may have ​changes made to it: arough/early/​preliminary drafta first/second draft She ​asked me to ​check the first draft of her ​proposal. the final/latest draftwrite/produce/prepare a draft A draft of the ​constitution has been prepared for discussion. The original draft of the ​resolution was much more ​strongly worded.
BANKING a written ​order for ​money to be ​paid by a ​bank, especially to another ​bank: When ​products are ​imported, they have to be ​paid for, often with a draft on the buyer's ​bank. The ​money should be ​transferred by draft rather than ​electronically.
US TRANSPORT →  draught

draftverb [T]

uk   /drɑːft/  us   /dræft/
to write something such as a ​letter, speech, or ​report in a ​form that may have ​changes made to it: draft a ​proposal/​plan/​report draft a ​letter/speech draft a ​bill/​law/​constitution

draftadjective [before noun]

uk   /drɑːft/  us   /dræft/
a draft ​plan, ​document, etc. is not in its ​finalform, and may have ​changes made to it: a draft ​plan/​bill/​proposal draft ​legislation/​regulations
(Definition of draft from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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