empty verb

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.