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"empty" in British English

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emptyadjective

uk   /ˈemp.ti/ 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.
emptily
adverb uk   /ˈemp.təl.i/ us   /ˈemp.təl.i/

emptyverb

uk   /ˈemp.ti/ 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.
Phrasal verbs

emptynoun [C usually plural]

uk   /ˈemp.ti/ 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 recycling center.

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 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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