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emptyadjective

uk   us   /ˈemp.ti/

empty adjective (NOTHING IN)

A2 not containing any things or people: an empty house/street Shall I take the empty bottles for recycling? The train was empty (= there were no passengers) by the time it reached London.
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empty adjective (NOT SINCERE)

C1 [usually before noun] not sincere or without any real meaning: empty threats/rhetoric They're just empty promises.

empty adjective (WITHOUT PURPOSE)

without purpose or interest: He says his life has been completely empty since his wife died. I felt empty, like a part of me had died.
emptily
adverb uk   us   /-tɪ.li/

emptyverb

uk   us   /ˈemp.ti/
[T] to remove everything from inside something: I emptied the closet and put my belongings into the black overnight case. Would you mind emptying (out) your pockets? Empty the soup into a saucepan and simmer gently for ten minutes. She quickly emptied her glass (= drank its contents) and ordered another drink. [I] to become empty: The place emptied pretty quickly when the fight started.
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emptynoun [C usually plural]

uk   us   /ˈemp.ti/
an empty bottle or other container, especially one that contained drink: Don't forget to recycle the empties.
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