Definition of empty verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    empty

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈempti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈempti//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they empty
    BrE BrE//ˈempti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈempti//
     
    he / she / it empties
    BrE BrE//ˈemptiz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemptiz//
     
    past simple emptied
    BrE BrE//ˈemptid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemptid//
     
    past participle emptied
    BrE BrE//ˈemptid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemptid//
     
    -ing form emptying
    BrE BrE//ˈemptiɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemptiɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] to remove everything that is in a container, etc. empty something He emptied the ashtrays, washed the glasses and went to bed. He emptied his glass and asked for a refill. empty something out I emptied out my pockets but could not find my keys. empty something out of something She emptied the water out of the vase. empty something of something The room had been emptied of all furniture. (figurative) She emptied her mind of all thoughts of home.
  2. 2  [intransitive] to become empty The streets soon emptied when the rain started. empty out The tank empties out in five minutes.
  3. 3  [transitive] empty something (out) to take out the contents of something and put them somewhere else She emptied the contents of her bag onto the table. Many factories emptied their waste into the river.
  4. 4  [transitive] empty something to make sure that everyone leaves a room, building, etc. synonym evacuate Police had instructions to empty the building because of a bomb threat.
  5. 5[intransitive] to flow or move out from one place to another. empty into/onto something The Rhine empties into the North Sea. empty out into/onto something Fans emptied out onto the streets after the concert.
  6. Word Origin Old English ǣmtig, ǣmetig ‘at leisure, empty’, from ǣmetta ‘leisure’, perhaps from ā ‘no, not’ + mōt ‘meeting’ (see moot).Extra examples He emptied the bottle of its contents. He opened his bag and emptied his belongings onto the floor. I emptied the orange juice into a jug. She emptied out the contents of the jar. The castle had a deep moat which emptied into the lake. The cupboards had all been completely emptied. The hall half emptied as bored businessmen raced for the buffet tables. The room gradually emptied out. The streets soon emptied of shoppers. Water from the underground pipes empties directly into nearby streams. We emptied out the tank. She watched as the beach gradually emptied of people. The bar will empty out quite quickly after they stop serving.
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