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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).
(Definition of empty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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