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empty

emp·ty

empty

 
 
pronunciation:
emp ti
parts of speech:
adjective, verb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: emptier, emptiest
definition 1: holding or containing nothing; without the usual contents.
Please recycle the empty bottles.
 
synonyms:
bare, vacant, void
antonyms:
full
similar words:
blank, clear, hollow
definition 2: not occupied or used by people; vacant.
The house will be empty while we are on vacation.
synonyms:
vacant
antonyms:
occupied
similar words:
abandoned
definition 3: without purpose, activity, or meaning.
His life seemed empty after he retired.
synonyms:
aimless, insignificant, worthless
antonyms:
meaningful
similar words:
barren, frivolous, idle, trivial, useless, vacant, vain, void
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: emptied, empties, emptying
definition 1: to remove what is inside of; make empty.
Did you empty the garbage can?
synonyms:
discharge, unload
antonyms:
fill
similar words:
drain, dump, exhaust, hollow
definition 2: to transfer.
Empty the chopped nuts into the bowl.
synonyms:
convey, move, transfer
similar words:
take
definition 3: to become empty.
The classroom emptied as soon as the bell rang.
antonyms:
fill
definition 4: to flow or pour (often followed by "out", "into", or "onto").
The river empties into the lake.
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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