Basic+ Word of the Day: empty

empty (adjective) LISTEN

Empty pockets

If something is empty it means that it doesn’t contain anything.

  • The cookie jar is empty!

If a place or house is empty, it means that there is no one in it.

  • The school is empty on Sundays.
  • The actor practiced his lines in an empty theater.

Common uses

An empty nester is a parent whose children are adults and moved away. For example: “We are empty nesters now and are turning our son’s room into an office.”

Related words

Emptiness is a feeling that something is missing. For example: “After her father died, she felt emptiness when she entered his room.”

In pop culture

Listen to Frank Sinatra sing “Full Moon and Empty Arms.” What does he want in his arms?

There are other meanings of empty.

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