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English adjective: empty

1. empty holding or containing nothing

SamplesAn empty glass.
An empty room.
Full of empty seats.
Empty hours.

Similarbare, blank, clean, empty-handed, glassy, glazed, lifeless, looted, pillaged, plundered, ransacked, stripped, vacant, vacant, vacuous, void, white



2. empty devoid of significance or point

SamplesEmpty promises.
A hollow victory.
Vacuous comments.

Synonymshollow, vacuous

Similarmeaningless, nonmeaningful


3. empty needing nourishment

SamplesAfter skipped lunch the men were empty by suppertime.
Empty-bellied children.




4. empty emptied of emotion

SamplesAfter the violent argument he felt empty.



English noun: empty

1. empty (artifact) a container that has been emptied

SamplesReturn all empties to the store.

Broader (hypernym)container

English verb: empty

1. empty (change) make void or empty of contents

SamplesEmpty the box.
The alarm emptied the building.

ExamplesThey empty the sink of water

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)bail, bleed, clean out, clear, clear, clear out, core out, drain, evacuate, evacuate, eviscerate, exhaust, gut, hollow, hollow out, knock out, void

Causedischarge, empty

Antonymsfill, fill up, make full

2. empty (change) become empty or void of its content

SamplesThe room emptied.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)flow away, flow off

Antonymsfill, fill up

3. empty (motion) leave behind empty; move out of

SamplesYou must vacate your office by tonight.

Synonymsabandon, vacate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave

4. empty (contact) remove

SamplesEmpty the water.

ExamplesThey empty the water from the sink

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)offload, unlade, unload

5. empty (body) excrete or discharge from the body

Synonymsevacuate, void

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)egest, eliminate, excrete, pass

Narrower (hyponym)suction

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