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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 as well. She asked me to check the (first) draft of her proposal.

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 (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 Madrid by banker's draft.

draft noun (COLD AIR)

[C] US for draught noun

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.
Phrasal verbs

draft

adjective [before noun] uk   /drɑːft/ us    /dræft/
describes a plan, document, etc. in its first form, including the main points but not all the details: a draft plan/bill/proposal
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