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English definition of “empty”


adjective    /ˈemp·ti/
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.
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