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empty

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adjective emp·ty \ˈem(p)-tē\

Definition of empty

emptier

emptiest

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  hungry

  4. 4 a :  idle <empty hours> b :  having no purpose or result :  useless

  5. 5 :  marked by the absence of human life, activity, or comfort <an empty silence>

emptily

play \-tə-lē\ adverb

emptiness

play \-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of empty in a sentence

  1. The arena was completely empty.

  2. She felt trapped in an empty marriage.

  3. unhappy people leading empty lives

Origin and Etymology 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


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empty

verb emp·ty

Definition of empty

emptied

emptying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to remove from what holds or encloses

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become empty <the theater emptied quickly>

  6. 2 :  to discharge contents <the river empties into the ocean>

Examples of empty in a sentence

  1. She emptied the contents of her purse onto the table.

  2. It's your turn to empty the trash.

1548

First Known Use of empty

1548


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empty

noun emp·ty

Definition of empty

plural

empties

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

1865

First Known Use of empty

1865



EMPTY Defined for English Language Learners

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empty

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adjective emp·ty \ˈem(p)-tē\

Definition of empty for English Language Learners

  • : containing nothing

  • : not having any people : not occupied

  • : having no real purpose or value


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empty

verb emp·ty

Definition of empty for English Language Learners

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

  • : to remove all of (something) from a container

  • : to become empty


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empty

noun emp·ty

Definition of empty for English Language Learners

  • : an empty bottle or can


EMPTY Defined for Kids

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empty

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adjective emp·ty \ˈemp-tē\

Definition of empty for Students

emptier

emptiest

  1. 1 :  containing nothing <an empty box>

  2. 2 :  not occupied or lived in :  vacant <an empty house> <an empty seat>

  3. 3 :  not sincere or meaningful <an empty threat>

emptiness

noun <the emptiness of outer space>

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empty

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verb emp·ty

Definition of empty for Students

emptied

emptying

  1. 1 :  to remove the contents of <Please empty the wastebasket.>

  2. 2 :  to remove all of (something) from a container <Empty the flour into the bin.>

  3. 3 :  to become unoccupied <The school quickly emptied.>

  4. 4 :  to flow into <The river empties into the gulf.>



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