1A preliminary version of a piece of writing.‘the first draft of the party's manifesto’
- ‘a draft document’
- 1.1A plan, sketch, or rough drawing.
- 1.2Computing A mode of operation of a printer in which text is produced rapidly but with relatively low definition.
2the draftUS Compulsory recruitment for military service.‘25 million men were subject to the draft’
- ‘draft cards’
- 2.1North American A procedure whereby new or existing sports players are made available for selection or reselection by the teams in a league, usually with the earlier choices being given to the weaker teams.
- 2.2 rare A group or individual selected from a larger group for a special duty, e.g., for military service.
3(British draught)A current of cool air in a room or other confined space.
- ‘heavy curtains at the windows cut out drafts’
4(British draught)The action or act of pulling something along, especially a vehicle or farm implement.
5A written order to pay a specified sum; a check.
6(British draught)A single act of drinking or inhaling.
- ‘she downed the remaining beer in one draft’
- 6.1The amount swallowed or inhaled in a single act of drinking or inhaling.
- ‘he took deep drafts of oxygen into his lungs’
7(British draught)The depth of water needed to float a ship.
- ‘the shallow draft enabled her to get close to shore’
8(British draught)The drawing in of a fishing net.
- 8.1The fish taken at one drawing; a catch.
transitive verb[with object]
1Prepare a preliminary version of (a document)
- ‘I drafted a letter of resignation’
2Select (a person or group of people) and bring them somewhere for a certain purpose.
- ‘he was drafted to help with the task force on best safety practices’
- 2.1US Conscript (someone) for military service.
conscript, call up, enlist, mobilize, rally, muster, marshal, press, recruit, raise, assemble, round upView synonyms
- ‘he was drafted in 1938’
- 2.2North American Select (a player) for a sports team through the draft.
- ‘he was drafted by Winnipeg and traded the following spring’
3Pull or draw.
no object Benefit from reduced wind resistance by driving very closely behind another vehicle.
1Denoting beer or other drink that is kept in and served from a barrel or tank rather than from a bottle or can.
- ‘draft beer’
2Denoting an animal used for pulling heavy loads.
- ‘draft oxen’
- on draft
(of beer or other drink) on tap; ready to be drawn from a barrel or tank; not bottled or canned.
Mid 16th century phonetic spelling of draught.