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Definition 1: a container that has been emptied - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where empty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • return all empties to the store

(empty is a kind of ...) any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)

Definition 2: excrete or discharge from the body - [verb of body]

Synonyms for empty in the sense of this definition

(empty is a kind of ...) eliminate from the body

"Pass a kidney stone"

(... is a kind of empty ) empty or clean (a body cavity) by the force of suction

"suction the uterus in an abortion"

Definition 3: become empty or void of its content - [verb of change]

Samples where empty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The room emptied

Synonyms for empty in the sense of this definition

(empty is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(... is a kind of empty ) flow off or away gradually

"The water flowed off from the pipe"

Definition 4: make void or empty of contents - [verb of change]

Samples where empty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Empty the box
  • The alarm emptied the building

(empty is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of empty ) remove the interior of

"hollow out a tree trunk"

(... is a kind of empty ) empty of liquid; drain the liquid from

"We drained the oil tank"

(... is a kind of empty ) empty (as of tobacco) by knocking out

"knocked out a pipe"

(... is a kind of empty ) use up the whole supply of

"We have exhausted the food supplies"

(... is a kind of empty ) rid of instructions or data

"clear a memory buffer"

(... is a kind of empty ) remove the occupants of

"Clear the building"

(... is a kind of empty ) clear (a room, house, place) of occupants or empty or clear (a place or receptacle) of something

"The chemist voided the glass bottle" "The concert hall was voided of the audience"

(... is a kind of empty ) remove the contents of

"eviscerate the stomach"

(... is a kind of empty ) create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel)

(... is a kind of empty ) empty completely

"evacuate the bottle"

(... is a kind of empty ) drain of liquid or steam

"bleed the radiators" "the mechanic bled the engine"

(... is a kind of empty ) empty completely

"We cleaned out all the drawers"

(... is a kind of empty ) empty (a vessel) by bailing

(... is a kind of empty ) empty completely; destroy the inside of

"Gut the building"

(empty causes ...) become empty or void of its content

"The room emptied"

Definition 5: remove - [verb of contact]

Samples where empty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Empty the water

(empty is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

(... is a kind of empty ) remove the load from (a container or vehicle)

"unload the truck" "offload the van"

Definition 6: leave behind empty; move out of - [verb of motion]

Samples where empty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You must vacate your office by tonight

Synonyms for empty in the sense of this definition

(empty is a kind of ...) go away from a place

"At what time does your train leave?" "She didn't leave until midnight" "The ship leaves at midnight"

Definition 7: holding or containing nothing - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where empty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an empty glass
  • an empty room
  • full of empty seats
  • empty hours

(empty is similar to ...) containing nothing

"the earth was without form, and void"

(empty is similar to ...) devoid of matter

"a vacuous space"

(empty is similar to ...) void of intelligence or thought

"a vacant mind"

(empty is similar to ...) without an occupant or incumbent

"the throne is never vacant"

(empty is similar to ...) wrongfully emptied or stripped of anything of value

"the robbers left the looted train" "people returned to the plundered village"

(empty is similar to ...) destitute or having been emptied of life or living beings

"after the dance the littered and lifeless ballroom echoed hollowly"

(empty is similar to ...) (used of eyes) lacking liveliness

"empty eyes" "a glassy stare" "his eyes were glazed over with boredom"

(empty is similar to ...) carrying nothing in the hands

(empty is similar to ...) (of a surface) not written or printed on

"blank pages" "fill in the blank spaces" "a clean page" "wide white margins"

(empty is similar to ...) having everything extraneous removed including contents

"the bare walls" "the cupboard was bare"

(... are attributes of empty) the condition of being filled to capacity

Definition 8: emptied of emotion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where empty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • after the violent argument he felt empty

(empty is similar to ...) emptied or exhausted of (as by drawing off e.g. water or other liquid)

"a drained marsh" "a drained tank" "a drained and apathetic old man...not caring any longer about anything"

Definition 9: needing nourishment - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where empty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • after skipped lunch the men were empty by suppertime
  • empty-bellied children

Synonyms for empty in the sense of this definition

(empty is similar to ...) feeling hunger; feeling a need or desire to eat food

"a world full of hungry people"

Definition 10: devoid of significance or force - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where empty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • empty promises
  • a hollow victory
  • vacuous comments

Synonyms for empty in the sense of this definition

(empty is similar to ...) having no meaning or direction or purpose

"a meaningless endeavor" "a meaningless life" "a verbose but meaningless explanation"

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