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

        

    draft

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//drɑːft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dræft//
     
    (also draught especially in British English)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they draft
    BrE BrE//drɑːft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dræft//
     
    he / she / it drafts
    BrE BrE//drɑːfts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dræfts//
     
    past simple drafted
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɑːftɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdræftɪd//
     
    past participle drafted
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɑːftɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdræftɪd//
     
    -ing form drafting
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɑːftɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdræftɪŋ//
     
    Writing and publishing, Business deals, Legal documents
     
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  1. 1  draft something to write the first rough version of something such as a letter, speech or book to draft a constitution/contract/bill I'll draft a letter for you. Wordfinderagreement, binding, certificate, clause, deed, document, draft, draw up, subsection, witness See related entries: Writing and publishing, Business deals, Legal documents
  2. 2draft somebody + adv./prep. to choose people and send them somewhere for a special task Extra police are being drafted in to control the crowds.
  3. 3[usually passive] draft somebody (North American English) = conscript They were drafted into the army.
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: phonetic spelling of draught.Extra examples Some of the clauses in the contract had been very poorly drafted. The bill as originally drafted would have made the tobacco companies a lot more vulnerable to lawsuits. hastily drafted pieces of legislation I’ll draft a letter for you. They have already drafted a contract and started preparing to work together.
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