\ ˈdraft How to pronounce draft (audio) , ˈdräft How to pronounce draft (audio) \

Definition of draft

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 fishing
a : the act of drawing or pulling in a net
b : haul sense 2b a draft of fish
2a : the act or an instance of drinking or inhaling a last draft on her cigarette also : the portion drunk or inhaled in one such act
b : a portion poured out or mixed for drinking : dose
3 mechanical engineering
a : the force required to pull a plow or other implement
b : load or load-pulling capacity the draft of a typical draft horse
4a : the act of moving loads by drawing or pulling : pull
b : a team of animals together with what they draw
5a : delineation, representation a draft for a future skyscraper
b : scheme, design
c : a preliminary sketch, outline, or version the author's first draft a draft treaty
6 : the act, result, or plan of lengthening or stretching something (such as threads or metal)
7a : the act of causing a liquid to come out of a container or source : the act of drawing (as from a cask or keg)
b : a portion of liquid so drawn a draft of ale
c : draft (see draft entry 2 sense 2) beer a glass of draft
8 nautical : the depth of water a ship draws (see draw entry 1 sense transitive 6) especially when loaded
9a(1) : a system for or act of selecting individuals from a group (as for compulsory military service) debating whether or not to institute a draft
(2) : an act or process of selecting an individual (as for political candidacy) without the individual's expressed consent
b : a group of individuals selected especially by military draft
c sports : a system whereby exclusive rights to selected new players are apportioned among professional teams He was chosen in the first round of the draft.
10a : an order for the payment of money drawn (see draw entry 1 sense 7c) by one person or bank on another
b : the act or an instance of drawing from or making demands upon something : demand
11a : a current of air in a closed-in space felt a draft
b : a device for regulating the flow of air (as in a fireplace) open the draft
12 : angle, taper specifically, industrial engineering : the taper (see taper entry 2 sense 2b) given to a pattern or die (see die entry 2 sense 3) so that the work can be easily withdrawn
13 : a pocket of reduced air pressure behind a moving object also, racing sports : the use of such a draft to save energy
on draft
: ready to be drawn from a receptacle beer on draft



Definition of draft (Entry 2 of 3)

1 animal husbandry : used or adapted for drawing loads draft horses
2 : being or having been ready to be drawn from a receptacle : being or having been on draft drinking draft beer


drafted; drafting; drafts

Definition of draft (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to select for some purpose: such as
a : to conscript for military service was drafted and sent overseas
b sports : to select (a professional athlete) by draft got drafted by the Yankees
2a : to draw the preliminary sketch, version, or plan of draft legislation
b : compose, prepare draft a memo
3 : to draw off or away water drafted by pumps
4 racing sports : to stay close behind (another racer) so as to take advantage of the reduced air pressure created by the leading racer

intransitive verb

1 : to practice draftsmanship
2 racing sports : to draft another racer (as in car or bike racing)

Other Words from draft


draftable \ ˈdraf-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce draft (audio) , ˈdräf-​ \ adjective
draftee \ ˌdraf-​ˈtē How to pronounce draft (audio) , ˌdräf-​ \ noun
drafter \ ˈdraf-​tər How to pronounce draft (audio) , ˈdräf-​ \ noun

Synonyms for draft

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of draft in a Sentence

Noun The published poem differs quite a bit from earlier drafts. You may want to seal the windows with plastic to stop drafts. Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He was expected to be a lottery pick in the 2019 draft before the injury, but he was taken 44th. Orlando Sentinel, 10 May 2022 If Mensah stays in the draft, the Aztecs would have an extra scholarship for next season. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2022 Reinhart was the No. 2 pick in the draft in 2014 by Buffalo. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 9 May 2022 Doncic will have to get through the Phoenix Suns, the team that didn't take him with the first overall pick in the 2018 draft. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 Emily Bazelon: By suggesting in the draft that the progress women have made is a reason to throw out Roe, Justice Samuel Alito has turned feminism against itself. New York Times, 7 May 2022 The Athletic's Dan Hayes reported Friday morning that Correa will be placed on the injured list and the Twins will promote Royce Lewis, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, to replace him at shortstop. Matt Young, Chron, 6 May 2022 The Bowie native watched his stock rise during the draft process after running the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds, the fastest among safeties at the NFL scouting combine in March. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2022 During the draft process, Brooks kept answering questions about his weight. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The next step is to wait for Mensah’s decision after receiving pre-draft evaluation from NBA teams. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 In every one of his pre-draft visits with a defensive prospect, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo showed the exact same moment from the Bengals’ Round 2 win in the playoffs over the Tennessee Titans. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 1 May 2022 Gordon’s 40-yard dash time of 4.52 seconds at the scouting combine in March may have been a significant moment on his pre-draft runway. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 He wasn’t invited to the NFL combine, but had pre-draft visits with the Cardinals, Lions and Falcons. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2022 The Lions coached Johnson at the Senior Bowl and hosted him, Walker, Thibodeaux and Hutchinson on pre-draft visits this week. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 14 Apr. 2022 Evan Mobley is having a Rookie of the Year caliber season and has lived up to his pre-draft hype. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Here's our look at the best players still available, along with their ranking on our pre-draft big board in parentheses: 1. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 In non-draft news, the Chargers will play at Kansas City on Sept. 15, the Thursday night of Week 2, the NFL announced. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their first episode, out today, features a conversation with Caroline Haughey, a barrister who helped draft the Modern Slavery Act and who led the prosecution for Operation Fort. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Apr. 2022 As part of his new position, Ivanildo led architects from city hall around Jardim Colombo and helped draft plans for the neighborhood’s redevelopment. Siobhan Reid, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 Colorado Asian Pacific United, a local advocacy coalition, pushed for the apology and helped draft the language with the office of the mayor, which will continue to partner with the group. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Apr. 2022 The Spurs did not draft him expecting huge contributions in his first season. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2022 In February, Holmes told reporters that the group didn’t draft the bill but two members of the group had helped him with it. al, 12 Jan. 2022 Or perhaps Bart, whom Zaidi did not draft, isn’t in the cards. Nick Lozito, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Nov. 2021 Buffalo, which won the AFC East last season and lost in the conference title game, didn't draft a quarterback or sign one during free agency so that does bode well for Fromm. Erick Taylor, Arkansas Online, 20 June 2021 This could linger as the biggest question on defense heading into preseason after the Bears cut Kyle Fuller in a salary-cap move, did not draft one until the sixth round (Thomas Graham Jr.) and didn’t make a splash in free agency to get a starter. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 22 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of draft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1714, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for draft

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English draght; akin to Old English dragan to draw — more at draw

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\ ˈdraft How to pronounce draft (audio) , ˈdräft \

Kids Definition of draft

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a version of something written or drawn (as an essay, document, or plan) that has or will have more than one version I finished the rough draft of my report.
2 : a current of air
3 : a device to regulate an air supply (as in a fireplace)
4 : the act of pulling or hauling : the thing or amount pulled a beast of draft
5 : the act or an instance of drinking or inhaling : the portion drunk or inhaled at one time He took a draft of his drink.
6 : the act of drawing out liquid (as from a cask) : a portion of liquid drawn out a draft of beer
7 : the depth of water a ship needs in order to float
8 : the practice of ordering people into military service
9 : the practice of choosing someone to play on a professional sports team
10 : an order made by one person or organization to another to pay money to a third person or organization



Kids Definition of draft (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : used for pulling loads a draft animal
2 : not in final form a draft report
3 : ready to be drawn from a container draft beer


drafted; drafting

Kids Definition of draft (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to write or draw a version of something (as an essay or plan) that usually needs more work
2 : to choose someone to do something Mom drafted us to clean the garage.
3 : to pick especially for required military service


variants: or chiefly British draught \ ˈdraft, ˈdrȧft How to pronounce draft (audio) \

Medical Definition of draft

1 : a portion (as of medicine) poured out or mixed for drinking : dose
2 : a current of air in a closed-in space

Other Words from draft

drafty or chiefly British draughty \ ˈdraf-​tē, ˈdrȧf-​ How to pronounce draft (audio) \ adjective



Legal Definition of draft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a preliminary version of something (as a law)
2a : a system for or act of selecting individuals from a group (as for military service)
b : the act or process of selecting an individual (as for political candidacy) without his or her expressed consent
3 : an order for the payment of money drawn by one person or bank on another — see also drawee, drawer — compare check
documentary draft
: a draft that will be honored only upon the presentation of certain documents (as an invoice or certificate of title)
sight draft
: a draft payable on presentation
time draft
: a draft payable a specified number of days after the date of the draft or of its presentation


transitive verb

Legal Definition of draft (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to select for some purpose specifically : to conscript for military service
2 : to compose or prepare especially the preliminary version of drafting legislation

intransitive verb

: to practice draftsmanship

Other Words from draft

drafter noun

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