WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
emp•ty /ˈɛmpti/USA pronunciation adj., -ti•er, -ti•est,v., -tied, -ty•ing,n., pl. -ties.

  • containing nothing;
    without contents:an empty toy box.
  • vacant; unoccupied;
    without people:a lonely, empty house.
  • lacking force, effect, or significance;
    meaningless:empty promises.

  • v. 
  • to (cause to) become empty: [no object]The lecture hall emptied.[+ object]She emptied her glass.

  • n. [countable]
  • Informal Termsan empty container:Glass empties can be recycled.
  • emp•ti•ness,n. [uncountable]

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    empty /ˈɛmptɪ/ adj ( -tier, -tiest)
    1. containing nothing
    2. without inhabitants; vacant or unoccupied
    3. carrying no load, passengers, etc
    4. without purpose, substance, or value: an empty life
    5. insincere or trivial: empty words
    6. not expressive or vital; vacant: she has an empty look
    7. informal hungry
    8. (postpositive) followed by of: devoid; destitute: a life empty of happiness
    9. informal drained of energy or emotion: after the violent argument he felt very empty
    10. (of a set or class) containing no members
    vb ( -ties, -tying, -tied)
    1. to make or become empty
    2. when intr, followed by into: to discharge (contents)
    3. (transitive) often followed by of: to unburden or rid (oneself): to empty oneself of emotion
    n ( pl -ties)
    1. an empty container, esp a bottle
    Etymology: Old English ǣmtig, from æmetta free time, from æ- without + -metta, from mōtan to be obliged to; see must1

    ˈemptiable adj ˈemptier n ˈemptily adv ˈemptiness n

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