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verb empty pronunciation in British English /ˈempti/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleemptying
past tenseemptied
past participleemptied
  1. 1



    empty out

    [transitive] to make something empty by taking everything out of it
    He ordered her to empty her pockets.
    When was the last time those ashtrays were emptied?
    empty something of something: Empty the box of its contents.
  2. 2



    empty out

    [transitive] to take everything out of a container and put it somewhere else
    empty something into/onto something: David opened the jar and emptied the sauce into a bowl.
  3. 3



    empty out

    [intransitive] if a place empties, all the people in it leave
    The stadium quickly began to empty.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] if a river empties into a lake or into the sea, it flows into it
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