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English definition of “empty”

empty

adjective uk   /ˈemp.ti/ us  

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.

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   /-tɪ.li/ us  

empty

verb uk   /ˈemp.ti/ us  
[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.
Phrasal verbs

empty

noun [C usually plural] uk   /ˈemp.ti/ us  
an empty drinks bottle: Don't forget to take the empties to the bottle bank.
(Definition of empty from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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