rough draft


: a first version of something (such as a document) that needs a lot of editing and rewriting
I just completed a rough draft of my speech.

Examples of rough draft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was taught as a tool to overcome writer’s block and to quickly knock out a rough draft. Ernesto Londoño David Guttenfelder, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Final bids came in yesterday for the note—a yellow piece of paper on which the Apple co-founder wrote a rough draft of an ad for the 1976 Apple-1 computer. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 25 Aug. 2023 Between 1953 and 1962, Chevy Corvette C1 models underwent a number of changes that took the quintessential American vehicle from a rough draft to 5.4-liter V-8 toting sports car that could crank out up to 360 horses. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 4 July 2023 Researchers have constructed a rough draft of a human pangenome, a collection of DNA that represents the genetic information from 47 individuals. Evan Bush, NBC News, 10 May 2023 Some there have floated the possibility of flouting the law, but the town is driving ahead and hoping to have a rough draft in the coming weeks, said Tim Czerwienski, Milton’s director of planning and community development. Andrew Brinker,, 22 Feb. 2023

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“Rough draft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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