Definition of draft in English:


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  • 1A preliminary version of a piece of writing.

    ‘the first draft of the party's manifesto’
    • ‘a draft document’
    1. 1.1A plan, sketch, or rough drawing.
    2. 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’
    1. 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. 2.2 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’
    1. 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.

    1. 8.1The fish taken at one drawing; a catch.



/draft/ /dræft/

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’
    1. 2.1US Conscript (someone) for military service.
      • ‘he was drafted in 1938’
      conscript, call up, enlist, mobilize, rally, muster, marshal, press, recruit, raise, assemble, round up
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    2. 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.

  • 4Motorsports
    no object Benefit from reduced wind resistance by driving very closely behind another vehicle.



/draft/ /dræft/


(British draught)
  • 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’



/draft/ /dræft/


    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.