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.
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.
Informal Termsan empty container:Glass empties can be recycled.
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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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