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draft

noun uk   /drɑːft/ us    /dræft/

draft noun (PLAN)

B2 [C] a piece of text, a formal suggestion, or a drawing in its original state, often containing the main ideas and intentions but not the developed form: This is only a rough draft - the finished article 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 ordering people by law to join the armed forces: He avoided the draft because of a foot injury.

draft noun (SPORT)

[S] the system by which sports teams in the US choose new young players 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 unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room

draft noun (BOATS)

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

draft noun (BEER)

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

draft

adjective [before noun] uk US ( UK draught)   /drɑːft/ /dræft/ us  

draft adjective [before noun] (BEER)

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

draft adjective [before noun] (ANIMALS)

(of animals) used for pulling heavy loads, vehicles, etc.: a draft horse

draft

verb uk   /drɑːft/ us    /dræft/

draft verb (PLAN)

C1 UK to write down a document for the first time, including the main points 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 order people by law to join the armed forces: He was drafted (into the army) at 18.
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draft

adjective [before noun] uk   /drɑːft/ us    /dræft/

draft adjective [before noun] (PLAN)

A draft plan, document, etc. is in its first form, including the main points 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 large containers, especially barrels: draft beer/lager/cider

draft adjective [before noun] (ANIMALS)

US ( UK draught) (of animals) used for pulling heavy loads, vehicles, etc.: a draft horse
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