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adjective empty pronunciation in British English /ˈempti/ 
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adjectiveempty
comparativeemptier
superlativeemptiest
  1. 1
    containing nothing

    an empty jar

    His pockets were empty.

    an empty space:

    There were no empty spaces in the car park.

    1. a.
      containing no people

      an empty room

      stand empty:

      Emma's flat stood empty for six months.

    2. b.
      containing very few people or things

      The beach was really empty.

      empty of:

      the early morning, when the streets are empty of traffic

  2. 2
    lacking emotion, interest, or purpose

    Her life felt empty and meaningless.

    a voice totally empty of expression

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