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empty

adjective

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1 lacking contents that could or should be present
  • the refrigerator is empty, so we'll have to eat out

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2 feeling a desire or need for food
  • as the long car trip wore on, we all started to feel a little empty

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4 having no usefulness
  • an empty task that was assigned just to keep us busy

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empty

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of empty (Entry 2 of 2)

to remove the contents of
  • empty the room before starting to paint the ceiling

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How does the adjective empty contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of empty are blank, vacant, vacuous, and void. While all these words mean "lacking contents which could or should be present," empty suggests a complete absence of contents.

an empty bucket

When might blank be a better fit than empty?

While in some cases nearly identical to empty, blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface.

a blank wall

When could vacant be used to replace empty?

The words vacant and empty are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants.

a vacant apartment

When is vacuous a more appropriate choice than empty?

Although the words vacuous and empty have much in common, vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance.

a vacuous facial expression

When would void be a good substitute for empty?

The meanings of void and empty largely overlap; however, void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine.

a statement void of meaning

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The first known use of empty was before the 12th century

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28 May 2020

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“Empty.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/empty. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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