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1empty

adjective emp·ty \ˈem(p)-tē\

: containing nothing

: not having any people : not occupied

: having no real purpose or value

emp·ti·eremp·ti·est

Full Definition of EMPTY

1
a :  containing nothing <empty shelves>
b :  not occupied or inhabited <an empty building>
c :  unfrequented
d :  not pregnant <empty heifer>
e :  null 4a <the empty set>
2
a :  lacking reality, substance, meaning, or value :  hollow <an empty pleasure>
b :  destitute of effect or force <an empty threat>
c :  devoid of sense :  foolish
3
:  hungry
4
a :  idle <empty hours>
b :  having no purpose or result :  useless
5
:  marked by the absence of human life, activity, or comfort <an empty silence>
emp·ti·ly \-tə-lē\ adverb
emp·ti·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of EMPTY

  1. The arena was completely empty.
  2. She felt trapped in an empty marriage.
  3. unhappy people leading empty lives

Origin of EMPTY

Middle English, from Old English ǣmettig unoccupied, from ǣmetta leisure, perhaps from ǣ- without + -metta (probably akin to mōtan to have to) — more at must
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of EMPTY

empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents <an empty bucket>. vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants <a vacant apartment>. blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface <a blank wall>. void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine <a statement void of meaning>. vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance <a vacuous facial expression>.
synonyms see in addition vain

2empty

verb

: to remove the contents of (something) : to make (something) empty

: to remove all of (something) from a container

: to become empty

emp·tiedemp·ty·ing

Full Definition of EMPTY

transitive verb
1
a :  to make empty :  remove the contents of <empty a purse>
b :  deprive, divest <a phrase emptied of all meaning>
c :  to discharge (itself) of contents
d :  to fire (a repeating firearm) until empty
2
:  to remove from what holds or encloses
intransitive verb
1
:  to become empty <the theater emptied quickly>
2
:  to discharge contents <the river empties into the ocean>

Examples of EMPTY

  1. She emptied the contents of her purse onto the table.
  2. It's your turn to empty the trash.

First Known Use of EMPTY

1548

3empty

noun

: an empty bottle or can

plural emp·ties

Full Definition of EMPTY

:  something (as a bottle or can) that is empty

First Known Use of EMPTY

1865
EMPTILY Defined for Kids

1empty

adjective emp·ty \ˈemp-tē\
emp·ti·eremp·ti·est

Definition of EMPTY for Kids

1
:  containing nothing <an empty box>
2
:  not occupied or lived in :  vacant <an empty house> <an empty seat>
3
:  not sincere or meaningful <an empty threat>
emp·ti·ness noun <the emptiness of outer space>

Synonym Discussion of EMPTY

empty and vacant both mean not having anything inside. empty is used for a thing that has nothing in it at all. <He threw away the empty bag.> It may also be used instead of vacant. <The house sat empty until a new family moved in.> vacant is the opposite of occupied and is used of something that is not occupied usually only for a while. <That apartment is vacant right now.>

2empty

verb
emp·tiedemp·ty·ing

Definition of EMPTY for Kids

1
:  to remove the contents of <Please empty the wastebasket.>
2
:  to remove all of (something) from a container <Empty the flour into the bin.>
3
:  to become unoccupied <The school quickly emptied.>
4
:  to flow into <The river empties into the gulf.>

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