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]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    emp•ty  (emptē), 
    adj., -ti•er, -ti•est, v., -tied, -ty•ing, n., pl. -ties. 

  • containing nothing;
    having none of the usual or appropriate contents:an empty bottle.
  • vacant; 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[Math.](of a set) containing no elements; null;
  • 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.

  • v.t. 
  • 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.

  • v.i. 
  • to become empty:The room emptied rapidly after the lecture.
  • to discharge contents, as a river:The river empties into the sea.

  • n. 
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]something that is empty, as a box, bottle, or can:Throw the empties into the waste bin.
  • Etymology: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)
    empti•a•ble, adj. 
    empti•er, n. 
    empti•ly, adv. 
    empti•ness, n. 
    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 . delusive, vain.12 . unload, unburden. ant'> 1 . full.

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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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