draftdraft1 /drɑːft $ dræft/ ●●○S3W3AWL noun [countable]1UNFINISHED FORMpiece of writingTCNAL a piece of writing or a plan that is not yet in its finished formthe rough draft of his new novelI read the first draft and thought it was very good.All parties eventually approved the final draft (=finished form) of the peace treaty.2 →the draft3moneyMONEY especially British EnglishBFB a written order for money to be paid by a bank, especially from one bank to another4sportsSPORT American EnglishDS a system in which professionalteamschooseplayers from colleges to join their teams5cold air/beerCOLD AIR/DRINKSx-ref the Americanspelling of draughtCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesthe first/second etc draftThe second draft of the agreement contained a few important changes.the final draft (=the finished form)He showed me the final draft of his letter.a rough draft (=not the finished form)Could you let me see a rough draft of your report?the original draft (=the first one)The hero had a different name in the original draft of the story.an early/earlier draft (=written before others)In earlier drafts of the speech, he criticized the pace of political progress.a preliminary draft (=coming before others)A preliminary draft of the charter has been issued.verbswrite/draw up/prepare a draft (=write one)Always write a rough draft of your essay first.He drew up a draft of the club’s rules and regulations.approve a draft (=officially accept one)The draft was approved by the Senate.
draftdraft2AWL verb [transitive]1piece of writingTCNAL to write a plan, letter, report etc that will need to be changed before it is in its finished formEva’s busy drafting her speech for the conference.2militaryPMA to order someone to join the army, navy etc, especially during a war syn conscriptbe drafted into somethingMy dad was eighteen when he got drafted into the army. Grammar Draft is usually passive in this meaning.3sports American English to choose a college player to join a professional teamCraigwell was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks. →draft somebody ↔ in→ See Verb table
draft• It was almost 2am when the news came through that a draftagreement had been reached.• The packs will includetitledocuments, searches, surveys and a draftcontract.• The council also instructed Gittings and Lounsbery to come back in 30 days with a draftordinance for a citywidecabarettax.• We have had thousands of requests for the draftprocedures'.• On the last day, the team presents a draft report to the superintendent.• Garven said he could not revealdetails of the draft report.From Longman Business Dictionarydraftdraft1 /drɑːftdræft/ noun [countable]a document or piece of writing that has to be checked and possibly changed, and so is not yet in its finished formThis is only a rough draft of the letter.When can I have the first draft of your proposal?a draft report, which the Committee has read and considered in detail. →exposure draft → see alsobank draftdraftdraft2 verb [transitive]to write a letter, report etc that will need to be changed before it is in its finished formI’ll ask our contracts department to draft an agreement.→ See Verb table