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noun [countable] draft pronunciation in British English /drɑːft/
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  1. 1
    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.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] not in a final form and likely to be changed
      draft legislation
  2. 2
    British a bank draft
    The deposit has to be paid in cash or by draft.
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  3. 3

    the draft

    mainly American conscription into the armed forces
  4. 5
    the American spelling of draught1


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