empty

If you're an optimist, you're happy that your glass is still half full. If you're a pessimist, you can't help but notice that 50% of your glass is now empty — that is, it contains nothing.

Empty comes from an Old English word meaning "at leisure," or in other words, "unoccupied." Over time, the sense of that meaning changed from "not at work" to "devoid of contents." By the tenth century, any container that could be filled or full could also be emptied or empty. As the word continued to evolve, it developed a more figurative sense. If you feel sad and lost, you might say that you feel so empty. If you want to go to the movies and your parents say, "No, but maybe tomorrow," you probably consider that an empty promise, one that will never be fulfilled.

Definitions of empty
  1. adjective
    holding or containing nothing
    “an empty glass”
    “an empty room”
    “full of empty seats”
    empty hours”
    Synonyms:
    bare, stripped
    having everything extraneous removed including contents
    blank, clean, white
    (of a surface) not written or printed on
    empty-handed
    carrying nothing in the hands
    glassy, glazed
    (used of eyes) lacking liveliness
    lifeless
    destitute or having been emptied of life or living beings
    looted, pillaged, plundered, ransacked
    wrongfully emptied or stripped of anything of value
    vacant
    without an occupant or incumbent
    vacant
    void of thought or knowledge
    vacuous
    devoid of matter
    void
    containing nothing
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    full
    containing as much or as many as is possible or normal
    afloat, awash, flooded, inundated, overflowing
    covered with water
    air-filled
    full of air
    brimful, brimfull, brimming
    filled to capacity
    chock-full, chockablock, chockful, choke-full, chuck-full, cram full
    packed full to capacity
    congested, engorged
    overfull as with blood
    egg-filled
    full of eggs
    filled
    (usually followed by `with' or used as a combining form) generously supplied with
    fraught, pregnant
    filled with or attended with
    gas-filled
    full of a gas
    glutted, overfull
    exceeding demand
    heavy, weighed down
    full of; bearing great weight
    instinct, replete
    (followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated
    laden, ladened, loaded
    filled with a great quantity
    overladen, overloaded
    loaded past capacity
    riddled
    spread throughout
    sperm-filled
    filled with sperm
    stuffed
    filled with something
    stuffed
    crammed with food
    untasted, untouched
    still full
    well-lined
    full of money
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  2. verb
    make void or empty of contents
    Empty the box”
    “The alarm emptied the building”
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    Antonyms:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
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    bail
    empty (a vessel) by bailing
    clean out, clear out
    empty completely
    bleed
    drain of liquid or steam
    evacuate
    empty completely
    evacuate
    create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel)
    eviscerate
    remove the contents of
    void
    clear (a room, house, place) of occupants or empty or clear (a place or receptacle) of something
    clear
    remove the occupants of
    clear
    rid of instructions or data
    exhaust
    use up the whole supply of
    knock out
    empty (as of tobacco) by knocking out
    drain
    empty of liquid; drain the liquid from
    core out, hollow, hollow out
    remove the interior of
    gut
    empty completely; destroy the inside of
    clinker
    clear out the cinders and clinker from
    gouge, rout
    make a groove in
    scallop, scollop
    form scallops in
    hole
    make holes in
    draw in, suck in
    draw in as if by suction
    scoop out
    hollow out with a scoop
    cavern, cavern out
    hollow out as if making a cavern
    cave, undermine
    hollow out as if making a cave or opening
    dig, dig out
    create by digging
    excavate
    form by hollowing
    core
    remove the core or center from
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    excrete or discharge from the body
    synonyms: evacuate, void
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    types:
    suction
    empty or clean (a body cavity) by the force of suction
    type of:
    egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
    eliminate from the body
  4. verb
    become empty or void of its content
    “The room emptied
    synonyms: discharge
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    Antonyms:
    fill, fill up
    become full
    types:
    flow away, flow off
    flow off or away gradually
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  5. verb
    remove
    Empty the water”
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    types:
    offload, unlade, unload
    take the load off (a container or vehicle)
    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  6. verb
    leave behind empty; move out of
    synonyms: abandon, vacate
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    type of:
    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  7. noun
    a container that has been emptied
    “return all empties to the store”
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    type of:
    container
    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)
  8. adjective
    devoid of significance or point
    empty promises”
    synonyms: hollow, vacuous
    meaningless, nonmeaningful
    having no meaning or direction or purpose
  9. adjective
    needing nourishment
    “after skipped lunch the men were empty by suppertime”
    empty-bellied children”
    synonyms: empty-bellied
    hungry
    feeling hunger; feeling a need or desire to eat food
  10. adjective
    emptied of emotion
    “after the violent argument he felt empty
    Synonyms:
    drained
    emptied or exhausted of (as by drawing off e.g. water or other liquid)
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