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Language: Old English
Origin: æmettig

empty

1 adjective
     
emp‧ty1 S2 W2 comparative emptier, superlative emptiest
1

container

having nothing inside:
an empty box
an empty bottle
an empty space behind the desk
The fuel tank's almost empty.
2

place

an empty place does not have any people in it:
I hate coming home to an empty house.
The hall was half-empty.
The streets were empty.
The building stood empty for several years.
3

not used

not being used by anyone:
I spotted an empty table in the corner.
He put his feet on an empty chair.
4

person/life

unhappy because nothing in your life seems interesting or important:
The divorce left him feeling empty and bitter.
Her life felt empty and meaningless.
5

empty words/gestures/promises etc

words etc that are not sincere, or have no effect:
His repeated promises to pay them back were just empty words.
6

do something on an empty stomach

to do something without having eaten any food first:
I can't work properly on an empty stomach.
7

empty nest

also

empty nest syndrome

a situation in which parents become sad because their children have grown up and moved out of their house
8

empty of something

not containing a particular type of thing, or not having a particular quality:
The beach was almost empty of people.
9

be running on empty

to continue doing something even though you no longer have supplies of something you need in order to do it properly:
With the country running on empty, the president has no hope of winning the election.
emptily adverb
 
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