Definition of draft
< Middle English draught ("drawing, pull, stroke, etc.") < Old English dragan ("to draw, drag").
- IPA: /drɑːft/, SAMPA: /drA:ft/
- (US) IPA: /dr�ft/
- Homophones: draught
- Rhymes: -ɑːft
draft (plural drafts)
- An early version of a written work
I have to revise the first draft of my term paper.
- A preliminary sketch, rough outline
His first drafts were better than most authors' final products.
- (nautical) Depth of water needed to float a ship [also spelled draught].
- A current of air, usually coming into a room or vehicle [also spelled draught].
- A cheque, an order for money to be paid
- An amount of liquid that is drunk in one swallow [also spelled draught]
She took a deep draft from the bottle of water.
- conscription, the system of forcing people to serve in the military.
He left the country to avoid the draft.
to draft (third-person singular simple present drafts, present participle drafting, simple past and past participle drafted)
- (transitive) to write a first version, make a preliminary sketch.
- write a law
- (transitive) to conscript a person, force a person to serve in the military
He was drafted during the Vietnam War.
- to select and separate an animal or animals from a group.
The calves were drafted from the cows.
- (transitive) to force or convince a person to do a job they do not want to do
They drafted me to be the chairperson of the new committee.
- (transitive, sports) to select a rookie player onto a professional sports team
After his last year of college football, he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.
- (intransitive) To follow very closely behind another vehicle, thereby providing an aerodynamic advantage to both lead and follower, thereby conserving energy or increasing speed.
draft (not comparable)
- (not comparable) Referring to drinks on tap, in contrast to bottled
I'd rather have a fresh, cheap draft beer.
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