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empty

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adjective emp·ty \ˈem(p)-tē\

Definition of empty

emptier

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emptiest

  1. 1a :  containing nothing empty shelvesb :  not occupied or inhabited an empty buildingc :  unfrequentedd :  not pregnant empty heifere :  null 4a the empty set

  2. 2a :  lacking reality, substance, meaning, or value :  hollow an empty pleasureb :  destitute of effect or force an empty threatc :  devoid of sense :  foolish

  3. 3 :  hungry

  4. 4a :  idle empty hoursb :  having no purpose or result :  useless

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

emptily

play \ˈem(p)-tə-lē\ adverb

emptiness

play \ˈem(p)-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

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emptying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make empty :  remove the contents of empty a purseb :  deprive, divest a phrase emptied of all meaningc :  to discharge (itself) of contentsd :  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.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of empty

before 12th century


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empty

noun emp·ty

Definition of empty

plural

empties

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

1844

First Known Use of empty

1844



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

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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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