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empty

adjective  /ˈemp·ti/ us  
having nothing inside: He set the empty glass down. If a place is empty, no one is using it or is present: It was past midnight, and the streets were empty. Empty also means without any meaning or purpose: We need jobs, not empty promises.

empty

noun [C usually pl]  /ˈemp·ti/ us  
a container with nothing in it, esp. one whose contents have been used: Bring the empties to the recycling center.

empty

verb [I/T]  /ˈemp·ti/ us  
to take out everything from inside something, or to lose what is inside so that nothing is left: [T] She emptied her husband’s mug in the sink. [I] Once the movie ended, the theater emptied quickly. [I] The Tombigbee River empties into Mobile Bay (= its water flows there).
Translations of “empty”
in Korean 빈…
in Arabic فارِغ…
in French vide, vide (de), vain…
in Turkish boş, manasız, değersiz…
in Italian vuoto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 空無一物, 空的, 無人的…
in Russian пустой, порожний, бессмысленный…
in Polish pusty…
in Spanish vacío, desocupado, desierto…
in Portuguese vazio…
in German leer…
in Catalan buit…
in Japanese からっぽな…
in Chinese (Simplified) 空无一物, 空的, 无人的…
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