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taper (see taper entry 2 sense 2b) given to a pattern or die (see die entry 2 sense 3) so that the work can be easily withdrawn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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 18th overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft went scoreless in five minutes during the 103-97 defeat. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs’ Lonnie Walker keeps his head up after criticism from coach Gregg Popovich," 8 Nov. 2019 The committee’s staff had recently drawn up draft articles of impeachment for the members to consider, and public hearings were scheduled to begin at the end of the month, followed by a vote. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "What House Republicans Can Learn from the Bipartisan Effort to Impeach Nixon," 7 Nov. 2019 Jones signed with the Lions in free agency in 2018, uniting with Patricia, who had spent significant time evaluating him in the pre-draft process. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Slow offensive starts — no 1st-half TDs in this 4-game skid — have killed the Bears’ mojo," 7 Nov. 2019 Under a draft agreement, Emerson’s liberal arts program would be renamed the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College, according to officials at the colleges. BostonGlobe.com, "“This is painful,” said Kevin Quigley, the president of Marlboro.," 7 Nov. 2019 Non-catalytic stoves draw the woodsmoke through a series of baffles (right side of the image) and employ a powerful draft to ignite the woodsmoke. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide To Cutting and Splitting Firewood," 6 Nov. 2019 His office proposed draft rules last month to advance the data rights that consumers receive under the law, the California Consumer Privacy Act. David Mccabe, New York Times, "California Sues Facebook for Documents in Privacy Investigation," 6 Nov. 2019 Some Ohio high schools have been holding joint NFL draft-style combines where college coaches can see lots of players in one stop. Fox News, "Ohio facing troubling trends when it comes to prep football," 5 Nov. 2019 Here’s a look at how his second NFL season compares with other Broncos draft picks since 2000: Player Year G Rec. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: No sophomore slump. Courtland Sutton finding second-year success.," 5 Nov. 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 From Zvolen Slovakia, Huska was drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round in 2015. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Hartford Wolf Pack provide proving ground for two goalies competing to be Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist heir," 7 Nov. 2019 But no player bludgeoned the Blazers more than Eric Paschall, a rookie forward drafted by the Warriors in the second round. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Golden State Warriors beat Portland Trail Blazers 127-118: Game rewind," 4 Nov. 2019 Therefore, Hickey could well be drafted in by manager Daniel Farke. SI.com, "Aaron Hickey: The Contenders to Sign the Hearts Wonderkid & Who He Might Join," 3 Nov. 2019 Jones, 28, has started every game the past two seasons for the Lions and will play Sunday against the team his father was drafted by 30 years ago, the Oakland Raiders. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions sign Christian Jones to two-year contract extension," 2 Nov. 2019 Several pillars of that argument were damaged when legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said on Fox News the impeachment inquiry process was following rules drafted by House Republicans in 2015. CBS News, "What happened in the impeachment inquiry this week?," 25 Oct. 2019 Espada was an infielder drafted by the A’s in 1996. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants giving Astros bench coach Joe Espada a serious look for manager job," 24 Oct. 2019 Chickillo was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and has played his whole pro career with the team in a reserve role. Allen Kim, CNN, "Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo charged with assault in domestic dispute," 21 Oct. 2019 Grandal, drafted by the Reds in 2010, will be one of the top free agent hitters this offseason, posting a .380 on-base percentage with 28 homers and 77 RBI in 153 games with the Milwaukee Brewers this year. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "RedsXtra: A look at some of the possible offensive upgrades in free agency, trade market," 19 Oct. 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
How to pronounce draft (audio) How to pronounce draft (audio)

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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