Definition of 'empty'

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Some of the rooms were almost empty by midnight. The Sun (2016)You just empty it into a bowl and put it in the microwave. The Sun (2016)They always seem empty and most people just seem to use the cash machine. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The old house is left empty for much of the time. The Sun (2017)And for the empty space they leave behind. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Empty seats meant there was more atmosphere on the moon. The Sun (2016)The threat does not appear to have been an empty one. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Other than that, the place felt empty. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Neither I nor my people will be affected by these empty threats. The Sun (2016)The thing he had about empty seating is just as sad. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This is a speech devoid of people and empty of metaphor. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They feel empty so they want the thrill of hooking up again. The Sun (2016)The house is an empty dwelling without your presence. Times, Sunday Times (2012)What we usually see is rows of empty seats. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Better an empty sea than a lost election! The Times Literary Supplement (2012)We had hundreds of empty homes in the historic centre. Times, Sunday Times (2015)We stood together in a vast empty space. Goshgarian, Gary Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)This was his first big quest after being appointed and he came away empty handed. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You have to see if the glass is half full or half empty. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But the cashier flicked a switch bringing down a security screen and he fled empty handed. The Sun (2006)The roads then would be nearly empty. The Sun (2006)We are the ones who end up empty. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Ours was the only house totally destroyed and it was the only one which was empty. The Sun (2008)We slept there for four days in an empty school. Times, Sunday Times (2013)One hour is a long time to be lighting up an empty room. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Such firms supplied servants and looked after empty properties. Times, Sunday Times (2008)One of the staff brings a new pack to the table and empties his ashtray. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Detective work cannot take place on an empty stomach. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Will the pilot be able to get a cork out of an empty wine bottle? Times, Sunday Times (2007)Now it feels empty and hollow. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The empty self is passive. Christianity Today (2000)We accuse him of forcing us to be alone, to try and get by in a world that we fi nd empty of meaning. Times, Sunday Times (2007)

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Translations for 'empty'

British English: empty /ˈɛmptɪ/ ADJECTIVE
An empty place, vehicle, or container has no people or things in it.
The room was bare and empty.
  • American English: empty
  • Arabic: خالٍ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: vazio
  • Chinese: 空的
  • Croatian: prazan
  • Czech: prázdný
  • Danish: tom
  • Dutch: leeg
  • European Spanish: vacío
  • Finnish: tyhjä
  • French: vide
  • German: leer
  • Greek: άδειος
  • Italian: vuoto
  • Japanese: 空の
  • Korean:
  • Norwegian: tom
  • Polish: pusty
  • European Portuguese: vazio
  • Romanian: gol
  • Russian: пустой
  • Latin American Spanish: vacío falto de contenido físico o mental
  • Swedish: tom
  • Thai: ว่างเปล่า
  • Turkish: boş mekan
  • Ukrainian: порожній
  • Vietnamese: trống rỗng
British English: empty /ˈɛmptɪ/ VERB
If you empty a container, or if you empty something out of it, you remove its contents.
Empty the noodles into a bowl.
  • American English: empty
  • Arabic: يُفْرِغُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: esvaziar
  • Chinese: 倒空
  • Croatian: isprazniti
  • Czech: vyprázdnit
  • Danish: tømme
  • Dutch: legen
  • European Spanish: vaciar
  • Finnish: tyhjentää
  • French: vider
  • German: entleeren
  • Greek: αδειάζω
  • Italian: svuotare
  • Japanese: 空にする
  • Korean: (든 것을) 비우다
  • Norwegian: tømme
  • Polish: opróżnić
  • European Portuguese: esvaziar
  • Romanian: a goli
  • Russian: опорожнять
  • Latin American Spanish: vaciar
  • Swedish: tömma
  • Thai: ทำให้ว่างเปล่า
  • Turkish: boşaltmak
  • Ukrainian: спорожняти
  • Vietnamese: dốc ra
British English: empty NOUN
Empties are bottles or containers which no longer have anything in them.
After breakfast we'll take the empties down in the sack.
  • American English: empty
  • Brazilian Portuguese: vazio
  • Chinese: 空容器
  • European Spanish: envase
  • French: bouteille vide
  • German: Leergut
  • Italian: vuoto
  • Japanese: 空にした入れ物
  • Korean: 빈 병
  • European Portuguese: vazio
  • Latin American Spanish: envase


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