draft meaning

[ drɑ:ft ] Pronunciation:   "draft" in a sentence
  • Verb: draft  drãft
    1. Draw up an outline or sketch for something
      "draft a speech"
      - outline 
    2. Engage somebody to enter the army
      - enlist, muster in 
    3. [N. Amer] Make a blueprint of
      - blueprint, draught [Brit, Cdn]
    Noun: draft  drãft
    1. A document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another
      - bill of exchange, order of payment 
    2. [N. Amer] A current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
      - draught [Brit, Cdn] 
    3. A preliminary sketch of a design or picture
      - rough drawing 
    4. [N. Amer] A serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
      "they served beer on draft"
      - draught [Brit, Cdn], potation [archaic], tipple 
    5. Any of the various versions in the development of a written work
      "a preliminary draft"; "the final draft of the constitution"
      - draft copy 
    6. [N. Amer] The depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)
      - draught [Brit, Cdn] 
    7. A regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace 
    8. [N. Amer] A dose of liquid medicine
      "he took a sleeping draft"
      - draught [Brit, Cdn] 
    9. Compulsory military service
      - conscription, muster, selective service 
    10. [N. Amer] A large and hurried swallow
      - gulp, draught [Brit, Cdn], swig 
    11. [N. Amer] The act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
      - draught [Brit, Cdn], drawing

    Sounds like: draught

    Derived forms: drafting, drafts, drafted

    See also: draftee, drafter, drafting, drafty [N. Amer], shallow-draught [Brit, Cdn]

    Type of: air current, compose, current of air, deepness, deglutition, depth, design, dosage, dose, drink, enrol [Brit, Cdn], enroll [N. Amer], enter, indite [archaic], inscribe, militarisation [Brit], militarization, mobilisation [Brit], mobilization, negotiable instrument, pen, plan, pull, pulling, recruit, regulator, sketch, study, swallow, text, textual matter, wind, write

    Encyclopedia: Draft

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun, verb

    noun [C]



    a rough written version of a document that is not yet in its final form:

    the first draft of the report

    The committee has drawn up a draft action plan.

    a draft agreement/letter

    The new law has been released in draft form.

    ❖ to draw up/prepare/produce/write a draft

    ◆ an early/the final/latest draft

    2 (Finance )

    a written order to a bank to pay money to sb:

    Please pay by draft or cheque.

    She presented a draft on a bank on New York.


    verb [+ obj] (also spelled draught, especially in BrE)

    to write the first rough version of a document:

    to draft a contract

    I'll draft a letter and show it to you.

    drafter (also spelled draughter, especially in BrE) noun [C]:

    legal drafters


    draft sb in; draft sb into sth

    to choose sb or a group of people and send them somewhere for a special task:

    He has been drafted in to try to repair the group's finances.

  • [Economics]


    bank draft.

    2) Any order in writing to pay a specified sum; e.g. a bill of exchange.

    3) A preliminary version of a document, before it has been finalized.

  • [Finance]
    An unconventional order in writing-signed by a person, usually the exporter, and addressed to the importer-ordering the importer or the importer's agent to pay, on demand (sight draft) or at a fixed future date (time draft) the amount specified on the face of the draft.

  • [Law]
    n. 1. An initial unsigned agreement, treaty, or piece of legislation, which is not yet in force.
    2. An order for the payment of money, e.g. a banker’s draft.


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  1. on the cover are the words " first draft " ..
  2. he had painfully written out a first draft.
  3. i've finished the second draft of my book.
  4. the draft of this article has been finalized [done].
  5. they honoured the last sight draft.

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