Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

empty out - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyempty out
he/she/itempties out
present participleemptying out
past tenseemptied out
past participleemptied out

Related words

  1. 1
    [transitive] same as empty2 (sense 1)
    He was told to empty out his desk and leave.
  2. 2
    [transitive] same as empty2 (sense 2)
    She lifted the bag and emptied the contents out onto the bed.
    empty out of: He emptied his clothes out of the drawers.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] same as empty2 (sense 3)
    All the pubs empty out at the same time.
See also main entry: empty


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog