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Meaning & Definition of Draft in English

English

Draft

/dræft/

noun

1. A document ordering the payment of money

  • Drawn by one person or bank on another
    synonym:
  • draft
  • ,
  • bill of exchange
  • ,
  • order of payment

2. A current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)

    synonym:
  • draft
  • ,
  • draught

3. A preliminary sketch of a design or picture

    synonym:
  • draft
  • ,
  • rough drawing

4. A serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg

  • "They served beer on draft"
    synonym:
  • draft
  • ,
  • draught
  • ,
  • potation
  • ,
  • tipple

5. Any of the various versions in the development of a written work

  • "A preliminary draft"
  • "The final draft of the constitution"
    synonym:
  • draft
  • ,
  • draft copy

6. The depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)

    synonym:
  • draft
  • ,
  • draught

7. A regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace

    synonym:
  • draft

8. A dose of liquid medicine

  • "He took a sleeping draft"
    synonym:
  • draft
  • ,
  • draught

9. Compulsory military service

    synonym:
  • conscription
  • ,
  • muster
  • ,
  • draft
  • ,
  • selective service

10. A large and hurried swallow

  • "He finished it at a single gulp"
    synonym:
  • gulp
  • ,
  • draft
  • ,
  • draught
  • ,
  • swig

11. The act of moving a load by drawing or pulling

    synonym:
  • draft
  • ,
  • draught
  • ,
  • drawing

verb

1. Draw up an outline or sketch for something

  • "Draft a speech"
    synonym:
  • draft
  • ,
  • outline

2. Engage somebody to enter the army

    synonym:
  • enlist
  • ,
  • draft
  • ,
  • muster in

3. Make a blueprint of

    synonym:
  • blueprint
  • ,
  • draft
  • ,
  • draught

Examples of using

Here's a rough draft of my speech.
How’d he dodge the draft?
Tom did a good job proofreading Mary's rough draft.