Draft - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dræft|  American pronunciation of the word draft
Brit.  |drɑːft|  British pronunciation of the word draft


- a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another
- a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle) (syn: draught)
- a preliminary sketch of a design or picture
- a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg(syn: draught, potation, tipple)
- any of the various versions in the development of a written work
- the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded) (syn: draught)
- a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace

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- draw up an outline or sketch for something(syn: outline)
- engage somebody to enter the army (syn: enlist)
- make a blueprint of (syn: blueprint, draught)


The published poem differs quite a bit from earlier drafts.

You may want to seal the windows with plastic to stop drafts.

The two countries are drafting a treaty.

The drama club drafted three teenagers to be in the parade.

The legislature debated drafting more soldiers.

The new rule prohibits teams from drafting players under 18.

I have seen the draft of the petition.

I have enclosed your draft.

There was no draft, there were only volunteers.

Orders came to draft the militia.

Presently Larry was summoned to help draft the sheep.

I read the first draft and thought it was very good.

All parties eventually approved the final draft (=finished form) of the peace treaty.

Eva's busy drafting her speech for the conference.

My dad was eighteen when he got drafted into the army.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: draft
he/she/it: drafts
present participle: drafting
past tense: drafted
past participle: drafted
singular: draft
plural: drafts
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