Meaning of DRAFT in English

DRAFT

/ drɑːft; NAmE dræft/ noun , adjective , verb

■ noun

1.

[ C ] a rough written version of sth 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

2.

[ C ] ( finance ) a written order to a bank to pay money to sb :

Payment must be made by bank draft drawn on a UK bank.

3.

the draft [ sing. ] ( especially US ) = conscription

4.

[ sing. ] ( NAmE ) a system in which professional teams in some sports choose players each year from among college students

5.

[ C ] ( NAmE ) = draught :

Can you shut the door? There's a draft in here.

■ adjective

( NAmE ) = draught

■ verb (also draught especially in BrE ) [ vn ]

1.

to write the first rough version of sth such as a letter, speech or book :

to draft a constitution / contract / bill

I'll draft a letter for you.

2.

[+ adv. / prep. ] to choose people and send them somewhere for a special task :

Extra police are being drafted in to control the crowds.

3.

[ usually passive ] ( NAmE ) = conscript :

They were drafted into the army.

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 16th cent.: phonetic spelling of draught .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.