Draft means to draw, both in the sense of sketching an image onto paper, but also in terms of pulling — a draft horse draws a wagon, a draft of air is drawn into your lungs when you take a breath.

A cold draft is a current of cold air being drawn indoors. To draft someone into the army means to draw them into service, or make them serve. When you are drafting, or writing, a draft of a paper on the military draft in the U.S., you want to let your ideas flow freely. Then, in your next draft, you can work on filling in holes and edit the language down to what you really want to say.

Definitions of draft
  1. noun
    a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
    synonyms: draught
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    a strong upward air current
    a strong downward air current
    type of:
    air current, current, current of air, wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
  2. noun
    a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace
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    type of:
    any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
  3. noun
    any of the various versions in the development of a written work
    “a preliminary draft
    “the final draft of the constitution”
    synonyms: draft copy
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    type of:
    text, textual matter
    the words of something written
  4. noun
    a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another
    synonyms: bill of exchange, order of payment
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    a draft in excess of the credit balance
    foreign bill, foreign draft
    a bill of exchange that is drawn in one country and made payable in another
    inland bill
    a bill of exchange that is both drawn and made payable in the same country
    a draft for the amount of a dishonored draft plus the costs and charges of drafting again
    trade acceptance
    a bill of exchange for a specific purchase; drawn on the buyer by the seller and bearing the buyer's acceptance
    bank draft, banker's draft
    a draft drawn by a bank against funds deposited in another bank
    dividend warrant
    an order of payment (such as a check payable to a shareholder) in which a dividend is paid
    money order, postal order
    a written order for the payment of a sum to a named individual; obtainable and payable at a post office
    acceptance, banker's acceptance
    banking: a time draft drawn on and accepted by a bank
    bank check, check, cheque
    a written order directing a bank to pay money
    sight bill, sight draft
    a draft payable on presentation
    time bill, time draft
    a draft payable at a specified future date
    bad check, bad cheque
    a check that is dishonored on presentation because of insufficient funds
    a bank check drawn on insufficient funds at another bank in order to take advantage of the float
    a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value
    counter check
    a blank check provided by a bank for the convenience of customers who are making withdrawals
    giro, giro cheque
    a check given by the British government to someone who is unemployed; it can be cashed either at a bank or at the post office
    paycheck, payroll check
    a check issued in payment of wages or salary
    certified check, certified cheque
    a check containing certification that the person who issued the check has sufficient funds on deposit to cover payment
    personal check, personal cheque
    a check drawn against funds deposited in your personal checking account
    cashier's check, cashier's cheque, treasurer's check, treasurer's cheque
    a check issued by the officer of a bank on the banks own account (not that of a private person)
    blank check, blank cheque
    a check that has been signed but with the amount payable left blank
    medicare check, medicare payment
    a check reimbursing an aged person for the expenses of health care
    type of:
    negotiable instrument
    an unconditional order or promise to pay an amount of money
  5. noun
    a preliminary sketch of a design or picture
    synonyms: rough drawing
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    type of:
    sketch, study
    preliminary drawing for later elaboration
  6. verb
    draw up an outline or sketch for something
    draft a speech”
    synonyms: outline
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    type of:
    compose, indite, pen, write
    produce a literary work
  7. verb
    make a blueprint of
    synonyms: blueprint, draught
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    type of:
    design, plan
    make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
  8. noun
    a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
    “they served beer on draft
    synonyms: draught, potation, tipple
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    a hearty draft
    type of:
    a single serving of a beverage
  9. noun
    a dose of liquid medicine
    “he took a sleeping draft
    synonyms: draught
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    type of:
    dosage, dose
    a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
  10. noun
    a large and hurried swallow
    synonyms: draught, gulp, swig
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    type of:
    deglutition, drink, swallow
    the act of swallowing
  11. noun
    the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
    synonyms: draught, drawing
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    type of:
    pull, pulling
    the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
  12. noun
    the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)
    synonyms: draught
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    type of:
    deepness, depth
    the extent downward or backward or inward
  13. noun
    compulsory military service
    synonyms: conscription, muster, selective service
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    levy, levy en masse
    the act of drafting into military service
    type of:
    militarisation, militarization, mobilisation, mobilization
    act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency: "mobilization of the troops"
  14. verb
    engage somebody to enter the army
    synonyms: enlist, muster in
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    discharge, muster out
    release from military service
    levy, raise, recruit
    cause to assemble or enlist in the military
    type of:
    enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe, recruit
    register formally as a participant or member
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