- draft1 [ dræft ] noun count **▸ 1 cold air▸ 2 of plan/letter etc.▸ 3 in sports▸ 4 into military▸ 5 amount of liquid▸ 6 bank draft▸ + PHRASES1. ) cold air that blows into a room and makes you feel uncomfortable:I feel a draft coming in from under the door.2. ) something such as a plan, letter, or drawing that may have changes made to it before it is finished:draft of: I showed David a draft of the letter and he suggested a few changes.first/final draft: My publisher wants to see a first draft by the end of next week.a ) only before noun not in a final form and likely to be changed:draft legislation3. ) AMERICAN a system in some sports in the U.S. by which a professional team can choose college students to play for their team4. ) the draft AMERICAN a system in which people are ordered to join the military, for example because there is a war. British conscription:dodge the draft (=avoid joining the military): His political opponents accused him of dodging the draft during the Vietnam war.5. ) FORMAL an amount of liquid that you swallow at one timea ) LITERARY a medicine that you drink6. ) BRITISH a BANK DRAFTon draftbeer that is on draft is served directly from a BARREL rather than in bottles or cansdraftdraft 2 [ dræft ] verb transitive **1. ) to write something such as a legal document, speech, or letter that may have changes made to it before it is finished:The government's first task was to draft a new constitution for the country.2. ) often passive AMERICAN to order someone to join the military, for example when there is a war:All her sons were drafted.draft into: He was drafted into the army in 1942.3. ) AMERICAN to make someone a member of a team of players,draft `in phrasal verb transitive often passive MAINLY BRITISHto bring someone into a team or group of people in order to help them do something:draft someone in/draft in someone to do something: Both sides have drafted in sports personalities to boost their bid to host the Olympics.draft someone into something: Tsai was drafted into the Taiwan team after the regular player was omitted because of an injury.draftdraft 3 [ dræft ] adjective only before noun1. ) draft beer is served directly from a BARREL rather than in bottles2. ) a draft animal is used for pulling heavy things
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.