empty
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empty(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (containing nothing)
a. vacío
We have to go shopping; the fridge is empty.Tenemos que hacer compra; la nevera está vacía.
b. desocupado (building)
During the summer, the school is empty.En el verano, la escuela está desocupada.
c. desierto (street or spot)
It was very hot and the streets were empty.Hacía mucho calor y las calles estaban desiertas.
d. descargado (revolver)
He aimed his gun at us, but it was empty.Nos apuntó con la pistola, pero estaba descargada.
2. (superficial)
a. vacío (words)
Your empty words are no comfort to me.Tus palabras vacías no me sirven de consuelo.
b. vano (attempt or promise)
He bought her a ring in an empty attempt to regain her love.Le compró un anillo en un vano intento de recuperar su amor.
3. (devoid of feelings)
a. vacío
I feel empty since he left.Me siento vacía desde que se fue.
4. (available)
a. vacío
You can sit with us. There are two empty spaces at our table.Pueden sentarse con nosotros. Hay dos sitios vacíos en nuestra mesa.
b. libre (seat)
Is this seat empty?¿Está libre este asiento?
c. vacante (post)
The new measures will favor the creation of empty posts.Las nuevas medidas favorecerán la creación de puestos vacantes.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to remove contents)
a. vaciar
Empty the bottle completely before recycling it.Vacía la botella del todo antes de reciclarla.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to become empty)
a. vaciarse
The streets emptied at sunset.Las calles se vaciaron al atardecer.
7. (to flow)
a. desembocar
Several streets empty into the square.Varias calles desembocan en la plaza.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (bottle)
a. el envase
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You can recycle the empties.Puedes reciclar los envases.
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empty
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (container, existence)
a. vacío(a)
on an empty stomachcon el estómago vacío
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (general)
a. vaciar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (general)
a. vaciarse
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (bottle)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
emptiescascos mpl
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empty [ˈemptɪ]
adjective
emptier (comparative)emptiest (superlative)
1 (containing nothing, nobody) [+box, bottle, glass, street, room, hands] vacío
the room looked empty without the pictures
[+seat, chair] (in bus, restaurant) libre; desocupado; (in living room) vacío; [+place] desierto; [+landscape] desierto; desolado; [+gun] descargado; [+post, job] vacante
there was an empty seat next to the window she looked at the chair, now empty, where the old man used to sit is this seat empty?
the flat next door is empty (unoccupied) el piso de al lado está desocupado
my stomach is empty
to be empty of sth
the parks are empty of children en los parques no hay niños; his face was empty of all expression su rostro no expresaba ninguna emoción
she was left empty of feeling He lives in a flat empty of almost any furnishings
she was staring into empty space miraba al infinito
there was an empty space at the table había un sitio vacío or sin ocupar en la mesa
on an empty stomach en ayunas; con el estómago vacío
empty vessels make the most noise mucho ruido y pocas nueces
2 (meaningless) [+threat, promise, dream] vano; [+words, rhetoric] hueco; vacío; [+exercise] inútil; [+life] sin sentido; vacío
it's an empty gesture es un gesto vacío
she felt trapped in an empty marriage se sentía atrapada en una relación matrimonial vacía
it was just empty talk; he had no intention of emigrating
his promises were just so much empty talk sus promesas no eran más que palabras huecas or vanas
my life is empty without you mi vida no tiene sentido sin ti
3 (numb) [+person] vacío; [+feeling] de vacío
when I heard the news I felt empty cuando me enteré de la noticia me sentí vacío
noun
1 (usu pl) (empty bottle) envase (m) (vacío); casco (m) (vacío); (empty glass) vaso (m) (vacío)
the barlady went around collecting the empties
2 (Aut)
the car was running on empty el coche estaba con el depósito vacío
I was running on empty no me quedaba energía
transitive verb
[+container, tank, glass, plate] vaciar
television has emptied the cinemas la televisión ha dejado los cines vacíos
His singing emptied the room he emptied his plate in five minutes flat
I emptied the dirty water down the drain tiré el agua sucia por el sumidero
she emptied the ashtray into the bin vació el cenicero en el cubo de la basura
we emptied the cupboards of junk vaciamos los armarios de trastos
he emptied the gun of bullets descargó la pistola; I tried to empty my mind of distractions intenté vaciar la mente de distracciones
I emptied the contents of the bag onto the bed vacié la bolsa en la cama
to empty out one's pockets vaciarse los bolsillos
he emptied the water out of his boots se sacó el agua de las botas
he emptied the apples out of a barrel into a bag
intransitive verb
1 (become empty) [+room, building, theatre, bath] vaciarse; [+street] quedarse desierto; vaciarse; [+train, coach, plane] quedarse vacío; vaciarse
the auditorium quickly emptied of students los estudiantes desalojaron el auditorio rápidamente
2 (flow)
to empty into sth [+river] desembocar en algo
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