VERBS appear, be, feel, lie, look, seem The box lay empty on the bed. | become, end up The reservoirs could end up empty if this dry weather continues. | remain, stand, stay The council is letting useful housing stand empty. | leave sth The house had been left empty for several weeks.
ADV. completely, quite, totally, utterly There was a vast expanse of utterly empty sky to look at. | almost, nearly, practically, virtually | largely, mostly | half a half-empty box of chocolates | fairly, relatively Some parts of the city are desperately overcrowded while others are relatively empty. | apparently | curiously, horribly The house felt curiously empty without the children.
PREP. of The streets were empty of people.
1 make sth empty
ADV. completely The cupboards had all been completely emptied. | half | out We emptied out the tank.
PREP. of He emptied the bottle of its contents.
2 become empty
ADV. completely | half The hall half emptied as bored businessmen raced for the buffet tables. | out The room gradually emptied out.
PREP. into The castle had a deep moat which emptied into the lake. | of The streets soon emptied of shoppers.