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empty

emp·ty

empty

 
pronunciation:
emp ti
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: emptier, emptiest
definition 1: holding, having, or containing nothing; lacking the customary or appropriate contents.
The bottom drawer is empty, so you can put your sweaters in there.An empty wallet was lying on the pavement.
 
synonyms:
bare, vacant, vacuous, void
antonyms:
brimful, full
similar words:
blank, clean, clear, devoid, hollow
definition 2: unoccupied by people or appropriate human activity.
There was silence in the empty corridors.The owners were worried when the restaurant was nearly empty at seven o'clock in the evening.
synonyms:
clear, vacant
antonyms:
occupied
similar words:
abandoned
definition 3: lacking purpose, activity, or meaning.
After his retirement, his life seemed empty.
synonyms:
aimless, hollow, insignificant, meaningless, purposeless, senseless, worthless
antonyms:
meaningful, purposeful, significant
similar words:
barren, blank, frivolous, futile, idle, nugatory, null, superficial, trifling, trivial, useless, vacant, vain, void
definition 4: lacking in intelligence, knowledge, or creative thought; vacuous.
He may be good-looking, but he appears to have an empty mind.
synonyms:
blank, inane, senseless, vacant, vacuous
antonyms:
creative, deep
similar words:
devoid, dull, futile, hollow, insipid, stupid, useless, wooden
definition 5: lacking force; insincere; meaningless.
empty praise
synonyms:
hollow, hypocritical, insincere
antonyms:
meaningful, sincere
similar words:
devoid, false, meaningless
definition 6: available for occupation; vacant; unoccupied.
She looked for an empty seat on the bus.
synonyms:
clear, free, unoccupied, vacant
antonyms:
full, occupied
similar words:
available, open
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: emptied, empties, emptying
definition 1: to remove or discharge the contents of; make empty.
Please empty the garbage can.After being fired, he went into his office to empty his drawers.
synonyms:
discharge, unload, void
antonyms:
fill, replenish
similar words:
clean, deplete, drain, dump, evacuate, exhaust, hollow, unburden, vacate
definition 2: to transfer.
The company emptied its waste products into the river.Empty the sliced apples into the pan.
synonyms:
convey, move, transfer
similar words:
take
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become empty.
The auditorium emptied quickly at the end of the concert.
antonyms:
fill
similar words:
hollow
definition 2: to discharge (often fol. by out, into, or onto).
The river empties into the ocean.
synonyms:
discharge
similar words:
drain, evacuate, exhaust
derivations: emptily (adv.), emptiness (n.)
Word History
Empty is from aemetig, an Old English word that means "rest" or "leisure." When truly at rest, you are emptied of worry or concern.
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