(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. void, deplete, exhaust, evacuate, drain, deflate, discharge, unload. See contraction, ejection. — adj. hollow, vacant, depleted, untenanted, devoid; hungry; vain, insubstantial, useless, foolish, trivial, unfeeling, fruitless, inane. See absence, uselessness, waste.Ant., full, filled.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Without content]
Syn. vacant, void, vacuous, hollow, bare, clear, blank, unfilled, unfurnished, unoccupied, uninhabited, unfrequented, vacated, void of, devoid, lacking, wanting, barren, emptied, abandoned, exhausted, depleted, deserted, desert, stark, deprived of, in vacuo (Latin), despoiled, desolate, dry, destitute, negative, deflated, eviscerated, evacuated, cleaned out.
Ant. full*, filled, occupied.
2. [Without meaning or force]
Syn. vain, hollow, insincere; see false 2 , futile 1 .
3. [Without sense]
Syn. barren, fruitless, meaningless; see blank 2 .
Syn.- empty means having nothing in it [ an empty box, street, stomach, etc. ] ; vacant means lacking that which appropriately or customarily occupies or fills it [ a vacant apartment, position, etc. ] ; void specifically stresses complete or vast emptiness [void of judgment ] ; vacuous , now rare in its physical sense, suggests the emptiness of a vacuum [ a vacuous expression on her face ] See also Synonym Study at vain . v.
1. [To become empty]
Syn. discharge, leave, pour out, flow out, ebb, run out, open into, converge, be discharged, void, purge, release, exhaust, vomit forth, leak, spill, drain off, rush out, escape.
Ant. flow in, enter*, absorb.
2. [To cause to become empty]
Syn. remove, pour out, spill out, dump, dip, ladle, decant, tap, void, let out, deplete, exhaust, deflate, drain, shed, bail, bail out, clean out, clear out, unload, unpack, unburden, evacuate, eject, expel, vacate, draw off, draw out, disgorge, suck dry, clear, drink, consume, use up.
Ant. pack, fill*, stuff.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. vacant void, hollow, bare, vacuous, barren, desolate, blank, deserted, abandoned, devoid, stark, evacuated.
2. meaningless purposeless, hollow, futile, ineffective, idle, worthless, cheap, insubstantial, vapid, vain.
ANT.: 1. full, crowded, replete. 2. meaningful, fruitful, effective
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Containing nothing: bare, blank, clear, vacant, vacuous, void. See FULL. 2. Lacking value, use, or substance: hollow, idle, otiose, vacant, vain. See FULL. 3. Lacking intelligent thought or content: blank, empty-headed, inane, vacant, vacuous. See FULL. 4. Not having a desirable element: barren, destitute, devoid, innocent, lacking, void, wanting. Idiom: in want of. See FULL. II verb 1. To remove the contents of. Also used with out: clean out, clear, evacuate, vacate, void. See FULL. 2. To pass or pour out: discharge, flow, issue. See ENTER.

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