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.

Primary Meanings of empty

1.
adjvn
holding or containing nothing
make void or empty of contents
a container that has been emptied
2.
adj
devoid of significance or point
3.
adj
needing nourishment
4.
adj
emptied of emotion
Full Definitions of empty
1

adj 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
Antonyms:
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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v make void or empty of contents

Empty the box”
“The alarm emptied the building”
Antonyms:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense
Types:
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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
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v excrete or discharge from the body

Synonyms:
evacuate, void
Types:
suction
empty or clean (a body cavity) by the force of suction
Type of:
egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
eliminate from the body

v become empty or void of its content

“The room emptied
Synonyms:
discharge
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

v remove

Empty the water”
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

v leave behind empty; move out of

Synonyms:
abandon, vacate
Type of:
go away, go forth, leave
go away from a place

n a container that has been emptied

“return all empties to the store”
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)
2

adj devoid of significance or point

empty promises”
Synonyms:
hollow, vacuous
meaningless, nonmeaningful
having no meaning or direction or purpose
3

adj 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
4

adj 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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