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Meaning of “empty” in the English Dictionary

"empty" in British English

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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 ​realmeaning: empty threats/​rhetoric They're just empty promises.
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 ​blackovernightcase. Would you ​mind emptying (out)yourpockets? Empty the ​soup into a ​saucepan and ​simmergently for ten ​minutes. She ​quickly emptied her ​glass (= ​drankitscontents) and ​ordered another ​drink. [I] to ​become empty: The ​place emptied ​prettyquickly when the ​fightstarted.
Phrasal verbs

emptynoun [C usually plural]

uk   us   /ˈemp.ti/
(Definition of empty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"empty" in American English

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emptyadjective

 us   /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.

emptynoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˈemp·ti/
a ​container with nothing in it, esp. one whose ​contents have been used: Bring the empties to the ​recyclingcenter.

emptyverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈemp·ti/
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 ​movieended, the ​theater emptied ​quickly. [I] The Tombigbee River empties into Mobile Bay (= ​itswaterflows there).
(Definition of empty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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