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1 rough/early version of a written document
early, first, initial, original, preliminary
rough, working
draw up, prepare, produce, write

She produced an initial draft of her plans.

complete, finish

I finished the first draft in late August 2007.

send, submit

I sent an early draft to an agent.

The students were invited to submit drafts for feedback.


He reviewed an earlier draft of this manuscript.


The preliminary draft of the agreement has been approved.

issue, publish, release
agreement, bill, budget, constitution, contract, document, letter, report, treaty
law, legislation
plan, proposal
in a/the draft

These details were not included in the preliminary draft.

in draft form (esp. BrE)

The document is still in draft form.

2 the draft (esp. AmE) order to serve in the armed forces ⇨ See also ↑conscription
avoid, dodge
oppose, support
bring back, reinstate
3 (AmE) current of air ⇨ See ↑draught
(also draught esp. in BrE) verb
carefully, properly (esp. BrE), well
badly, poorly

Some of the clauses in the contract had been very poorly drafted.


The bill as originally drafted would have made the tobacco companies a lot more vulnerable to lawsuits.

hastily, quickly

hastily drafted pieces of legislation

Draft is used with these nouns as the object: ↑amendment, ↑bill, ↑charter, ↑constitution, ↑contract, ↑document, ↑law, ↑legislation, ↑letter, ↑memo, ↑memorandum, ↑paper, ↑petition, ↑plan, ↑player, ↑proposal, ↑resolution, ↑tackle, ↑treaty, ↑will
Draft is used with these nouns: ↑agreement, ↑amendment, ↑animal, ↑beer, ↑bill, ↑budget, ↑charter, ↑constitution, ↑convention, ↑copy, ↑directive, ↑document, ↑guideline, ↑horse, ↑legislation, ↑manuscript, ↑paper, ↑proposal, ↑recommendation, ↑regulation, ↑report, ↑resolution, ↑riot, ↑script, ↑strategy, ↑text, ↑treaty, ↑version

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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