WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
emp•ty /ˈɛmpti/USA pronunciation
adj., -ti•er, -ti•est, v., -tied, -ty•ing, n., pl. -ties. adj.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- containing nothing;
without contents:an empty toy box.
without people:a lonely, empty house.
- lacking force, effect, or significance;
- to (cause to) become empty: [no object]The lecture hall emptied.[~ + object]She emptied her glass.
emp•ti•ness, n. [uncountable]
- Informal Termsan empty container:Glass empties can be recycled.
(emp′tē),USA pronunciation adj., -ti•er, -ti•est, v., -tied, -ty•ing, n., pl. -ties. adj.
- containing nothing;
having none of the usual or appropriate contents:an empty bottle.
unoccupied:an empty house.
- without cargo or load:an empty wagon.
- destitute of people or human activity:We walked along the empty streets of the city at night.
- destitute of some quality or qualities;
devoid (usually fol. by of ):Theirs is a life now empty of happiness.
- without force, effect, or significance;
meaningless:empty compliments; empty pleasures.
- not employed in useful activity or work;
idle:empty summer days.
- Mathematics(of a set) containing no elements;
- hungry:I'm feeling rather empty —let's have lunch.
- without knowledge or sense;
foolish:an empty head.
- completely spent of emotion:The experience had left him with an empty heart.
- to make empty;
deprive of contents;
discharge the contents of:to empty a bucket.
- to discharge (contents):to empty the water out of a bucket.
- to become empty:The room emptied rapidly after the lecture.
- to discharge contents, as a river:The river empties into the sea.
- Informal Termssomething that is empty, as a box, bottle, or can:Throw the empties into the waste bin.
- bef. 900; Middle English (with intrusive -p-); Old English ǣmettig vacant (ǣmett(a) leisure (ǣ- a-3 + Gmc *mōtithō accommodation; compare must1, meet1) + -ig -y1)
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vacuous. Empty, vacant, blank, void denote absence of content or contents. Empty means without appropriate or accustomed contents:an empty refrigerator.Vacant is usually applied to that which is temporarily unoccupied:a vacant chair; three vacant apartments.Blank applies to surfaces free from any marks or lacking appropriate markings, openings, etc.:blank paper; a blank wall.Void emphasizes completely unfilled space with vague, unspecified, or no boundaries:void and without form.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged delusive, vain.
- 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unload, unburden.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged full.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
empty /ˈɛmptɪ/ adj ( -tier, -tiest)
vb ( -ties, -tying, -tied)
- containing nothing
- without inhabitants; vacant or unoccupied
- carrying no load, passengers, etc
- without purpose, substance, or value: an empty life
- insincere or trivial: empty words
- not expressive or vital; vacant: she has an empty look
- informal hungry
- (postpositive) followed by of: devoid; destitute: a life empty of happiness
- informal drained of energy or emotion: after the violent argument he felt very empty
- (of a set or class) containing no members
n ( pl -ties)
- to make or become empty
- when intr, followed by into: to discharge (contents)
- (transitive) often followed by of: to unburden or rid (oneself): to empty oneself of emotion
Etymology: Old English ǣmtig, from æmetta free time, from æ- without + -metta, from mōtan to be obliged to; see must1ˈemptiable adj ˈemptier n ˈemptily adv ˈemptiness n
- an empty container, esp a bottle
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