draft

noun
\ 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taper (see taper entry 2 sense 2b) given to a pattern or die (see die entry 2 sense 3) so that the work can be easily withdrawn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

draft

adjective

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

draft

verb
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)

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Other Words from draft

Verb

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

Synonyms for draft

Synonyms: Noun

burden, cargo, freight, haul, lading, load, loading, payload, weight

Synonyms: Verb

conscribe, conscript, levy

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Veteran forwards Jack White and Javin DeLaurier (who is back after testing the NBA draft waters) will help off the bench, as will Baker. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Matthew Hurt Poised to Have a Major Role in Duke's Frontcourt," 30 Aug. 2019 At cornerback, Tabor was a polarizing second-round pick out of Florida in general manager Bob Quinn's second draft because of his lack of speed. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions release Teez Tabor, Andrew Adams in first wave of cuts," 30 Aug. 2019 Cleveland and Detroit swapped seventh-round draft picks in 2022 in the deal. BostonGlobe.com, "NFL teams making moves before cutdown day," 30 Aug. 2019 At an Italian spot in The Woodlands, take advantage of $5 draft beers and $5 specialty drinks, along with small plates for 50 percent off. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's best happy hour deals to check out right now," 30 Aug. 2019 With the Ravens’ trade of Jermaine Eluemunor and a sixth-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round selection, the team cleared the path for a new starter in Landover. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens win 17th straight preseason game, 20-7 over Washington, as battles for roster spots continue," 30 Aug. 2019 Wilson, the last overall pick in this year’s draft, made a couple of athletic catches but also fumbled away the ball following a nice 18-yard pickup. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Several Arizona Cardinals will hope to avoid the cut man as NFL rosters trim to 53," 29 Aug. 2019 In recent years, many top players have been proactive about protecting their self-interest, most notably by sitting out season-ending bowl games to avoid injury in the lead-up to the draft. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Why Is Trevor Lawrence Playing College Football?," 29 Aug. 2019 None of this has happened by mistake for the seventh-round draft pick out of Colorado State. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Vikings rookie receiver Bisi Johnson trying ‘to be in the right place at the right time’," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

First round: Navigating the green room As mentioned in previous articles, every player’s situation is different and draft day is no exception. Matt Babcock, SI.com, "The Dreams and Nightmares of Every Agent on NBA Draft Night," 18 June 2018 Kleber had tried to catch the eye of an NBA team twice, withdrawing from draft consideration in 2012 and going undrafted in 2014. Kevin Casas, star-telegram, "Tall tale of a friendship made in Germany and groomed with the Dallas Mavericks," 3 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two Huntington Beach City Council members are proposing that the city draft new ordinances to help regulate sober-living homes in residential areas. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "2 Huntington Beach council members seek new ordinances to regulate sober-living homes," 13 Sep. 2019 Smith & Wesson signed under duress, but gun-rights groups reacted quickly, drafting what would become the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Lawfare Campaign against Gunmakers," 12 Sep. 2019 After drafting DeAndre Baker late in the first round, the Giants touted the Georgia cornerback as a great coverage guy who would give the team two shutdown players at the position, along with veteran Janoris Jenkins. Tom Canavan, courant.com, "Analysis: Bad year looming for Giants unless defense improves quickly," 9 Sep. 2019 Less than two weeks after Jacksonville drafted Quincy Williams, the Jaguars lost their starting weakside linebacker when Telvin Smith decided to step away from the game. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Williams brothers set for simultaneous NFL debuts on Sunday," 7 Sep. 2019 One of the great what-might-have-been Packers moments came two drafts ago, when the club traded its pick and passed on drafting either Watt or Ramczyk. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These former Wisconsin Badgers are all on NFL rosters as the season nears its kickoff," 3 Sep. 2019 Gillan found out that he had been drafted as the new punter for the Browns over 10-year veteran player Britton Colquitt. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Rookie Football Player Finds Out He Got Drafted While Out at Bar: Everybody Was 'Going Crazy’," 3 Sep. 2019 After all, fantasy sports is simply when gamblers or non-bettors alike compete based on the stats of their drafted NFL players. David Kravets, Ars Technica, "How the NFL—not the NSA—is impacting data gathering well beyond the gridiron," 1 Sep. 2019 Her father, drafted into the Navy out of high school, was not diagnosed for two years. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of draft

Noun

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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draft

noun

English Language Learners Definition of draft

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a version of something (such as a document) that you make before you make the final version
: cool air moving in a closed space (such as a room)
: a system in which young people are required to join the armed forces of a country for a period of service

draft

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of draft (Entry 2 of 3)

of an animal : used for pulling heavy loads
of beer : stored in and poured from a large container
: not yet in the final form

draft

verb

English Language Learners Definition of draft (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make a version of (something, such as a document or plan) that will need more work in order to be finished
: to choose (someone) for a special purpose
US : to officially order (someone) to join the armed forces

draft

noun
\ 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

draft

adjective

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

draft

verb
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

draft

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

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draft

noun

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

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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