Definition of draft noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//drɑːft//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dræft//
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  1. 1  [countable] a rough written version of something that is not yet in its final form I've made a rough draft of the letter. This is only the first draft of my speech. the final draft (= the final version) The legislation is still in draft form. a draft constitution/treaty/agreement Wordfinderaddress, attachment, compose, draft, email, emoticon, forward, inbox, message, re See related entries: Email, Business deals, Legal documents
  2. 2[countable] (finance) a written order to a bank to pay money to somebody Payment must be made by bank draft drawn on a UK bank.
  3. 3the draft [singular] (especially US English) = conscription Culture In the US the draft is administered by US government's Selective Service System. Formerly young people were required by law to serve in the armed forces. This requirement was replaced in 1973 by a system in which people may join the forces only if they wish to. However, young men must still add their names to the draft list when they are 18, in case of a future military emergency. People who tried to avoid the draft, especially during the Vietnam War, were known as draft dodgers. note at national service
  4. 4[singular] (North American English) a system in which professional teams in some sports choose players each year from among college students He was the fourth player chosen in the 2007 draft, but the first of his class to reach the major leagues.
  5. 5[countable] (North American English) = draught Can you shut the door? There's a draft in here.
  6. Word Originmid 16th cent.: phonetic spelling of draught.Extra examples I finished the first draft in late August 2007. I sent an early draft to an agent. She produced an initial draft of her plans. The document is still in draft form. The preliminary draft of the agreement has been approved. The students were invited to submit drafts for feedback. These details were not included in the preliminary draft. Is this the final draft? The original drafts for the new building are with the architects. There is a rough draft of how the park should be laid out.
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