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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 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

draftverb [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.
(Definition of draft from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"draft" in British English

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draftnoun

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 (COLD AIR)

[C] US UK draught a current of unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room
  • 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?

draftadjective [before noun]

US UK draught uk   /drɑːft/ us   /dræft/

draftverb

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.
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draftadjective [before noun]

uk   /drɑːft/ us   /dræft/
A draft plan, document, etc. is in its first form, including the main points but not all the details: a draft plan/bill/proposal
US UK draught (of drinks such as beer) stored in and served from large containers, especially barrels: draft beer/lager/cider
(Definition of draft from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 final form and may have changes made to it: a rough/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 final form, 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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