In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(box/bottle/nest) vacío(revolver) descargadoyou can't work on an empty stomach — no se puede trabajar con el estómago vacío
- The pain was the result of nervous exhaustion and an empty stomach, David says.
- The waiting room was mostly empty, containing only a middle-aged couple and three teenagers.
- If patients develop a fever or nausea they are admitted to hospital, where some beds are held empty for this purpose.
- Another former detainee was released with no money or food and spent yesterday alone and hungry in his empty accommodation.
- The empty seat that he picked happened to be the seat next to Ryoko.
- Posts are being left empty for six months at a time because of the manpower shortage.
- Black holes are almost completely empty space that is forever cut off from our own Universe.
- Solano clipped the ball past the isolated goalkeeper to score into an empty net.
- When they looked inside, they found the hall mostly empty.
- Will raised his nearly empty beer bottle in a salute.
- Clinics, built by foreign donors, have stood empty for years, lacking staff and equipment.
- She pawed at my leg, telling me that her food bowl was empty and she was hungry.
- The room was virtually empty except for a few chairs and a table.
- And, of course, conferences are generally held at an offpeak time of the year when there are plenty of empty beds to fill.
- One glass was empty, one glass was full, the third was gone.
- Before he could answer, the waitress came over and filled their empty cups with coffee.
- The upstairs flat has been empty for four years.
- Stadiums that are full for regular-season games have rows of empty seats for exhibitions.
- The building looked as though it had stood empty for years.
1.2(street/restaurant/room) vacío(place/seat/table) libre(table/seat/place) desocupadothe office seems empty since she left — desde que se fue se nota un vacío en la oficina
- the jails are now empty of political prisoners — en las cárceles ya no quedan presos políticos
2.1(words/gesture) vacío(gesture/words) hueco(gesture/words) vacío de significado(promise/threat) vano(pursuits/pleasures) vanoit was an empty boast — no fue más que una fanfarronada
- If one reason remained for her to persevere with the exhausting and empty void that her life had become, it was the child.
- We all have sordid purposes and empty intents and material incentives.
- They shouldn't miss their opportunity because politicians are filling the air with empty noises.
- Don't simply opt for apparently powerful but ultimately empty, meaningless rhetoric.
- Is the point that life is empty and pointless - a farce of creation without function or utility?
- A principled stand in defence of the human rights of children is not an empty gesture.
- Too much blood has been shed, too many empty promises have been made.
- The official curbing of television violence is not an idle or empty threat.
- The accent, though, is more often on ethical values rather than on empty practices.
- It seems to work just fine, doesn't it, your ability to drown your emotions in empty sexual encounters.
- He fills long days and empty nights by creating a fiddle, and frees his thoughts as he liberates the fiddle from the wood.
- The last thing children with incarcerated parents need is more rhetoric and empty promises.
- The threats appeared to be empty gestures to the friends who overheard him.
- And what a relentlessly dull, completely empty experience it tends to be.
- These apologies were empty gestures and nothing more.
- But forgiving poor countries' debts without agreeing on a better framework for future aid flows is an empty gesture.
- These words are so empty, however, to grieving parents who have lost a child.
- I think that every one of us should find his own truth, some idea for which one can live or die - otherwise our lives would be empty and meaningless.
- The dream was fading away, and all I had was this hollow, empty pain inside.
- One side wrote her off as a valueless thing, the empty remains of a once-vital woman.
- Without longing we are empty, emotionless shells, mere objects floating on the wishy-washy surface of life.
- When the Republic threatens you, their words are never empty.
- The rather empty gesture is clearly aimed at increasing public sympathy for the idea.
- My fear is that these empty gestures will become the last remaining symbols of our shared belief in egalitarianism.
- Offensive words, empty gestures, and the inappropriate use of symbols can get in the way of worship.
- This declaration was not an empty threat but a sincere promise.
- His uncle always buys him and his brother chocolate, but it feels empty.
- This young man believes life would be empty and dull without music.
- Normally I would think this would be a meaningless, empty statement, but hopefully it will be a bit more for you than that.
2.2(devoid of emotion, interest)(life) vacíoI have an empty feeling inside — tengo una sensación de vacío / me siento vacío
- she felt empty — se sentía vacía
transitive verbemptied, empties, emptying
1(warehouse/container/tank) vaciarhe was told to empty his pockets — le ordenaron que vaciara los bolsillos
- she emptied the saucepan over his head — le vació la cacerola en la cabeza
- to empty sth of sth
- the thieves emptied the house of its entire contents — los ladrones vaciaron la casa
- first empty your mind of all preconceptions — primero olvida todas tus ideas preconcebidas
- Although the bins are regularly emptied, there is a high demand for the facility.
- People are reminded that these bins are for litter only and have to be emptied on a regular basis.
- When you urinate, try leaning forward a bit in order to completely empty your bladder.
- He emptied the basket, removed two tins of plum tomatoes, put them on the floor and repacked.
- I think that she emptied all the cupboards during her little midnight snack, and she had an accomplice.
- He didn't do much preparation either, and ended up packing all his dirty clothes - basically by emptying the laundry basket into his suitcase.
- Tills were emptied of cash and the thieves took jewellery and money from customers and staff, police report.
- Now ' freedom ' is being emptied of meaning and reduced to a slogan.
- The bag is then emptied as often as necessary.
- I stood up and emptied out my front pockets.
- The litter bins are emptied regularly and litter picking is done on a regular basis.
- By the end of the first night the bag had been emptied of its contents.
- From time to time these containers are emptied into rivers causing devastation to ecosystems within hours.
- The tank is emptied using an exhauster truck manned by trained personnel.
- He then emptied the whole bottle of spirits on to the clothing and set it alight.
- While she was doing this, she lost property, including a gold watch, and her purse was emptied of cash.
- Hydro and Copo glowered at each other, and emptied out their pockets.
- So, do something for me now: empty your purse or wallet onto your desk and then extract all of the important documents and cards from the pile.
2(eat or drink contents of)(cup/glass) vaciar(plate) dejar limpio
3(take or pour out)he emptied the ash from his pipe into the ashtray — vació la pipa en el cenicero
- she emptied the water down the sink — tiró el agua por el fregadero
- she emptied the contents all over the floor — vació la caja (or el bolso etc.) en el suelo
intransitive verbemptied, empties, emptying
1(room/street) vaciarse(bath/tank) vaciarseto empty of sth
- the streets emptied of people — las calles se quedaron desiertas / se vaciaron
- When the forum was over, the tension was all but gone, and there was much socializing and shaking of hands as the room emptied.
- Many fans eventually wandered back out to their seats, but early in the fourth quarter, the place emptied for good.
- The streets of the centre of the city emptied as frightened residents fled home to take shelter.
- The room had emptied rather quickly, and not even the king remained.
- Then he says ‘okay we go’ and I notice that the staff room has emptied.
- The final bell rings and the rooms empty out before the teachers can even look up from their books.
- Swindon's streets had emptied as the town united for the big day.
- We had reached her locker by now, and the hall was emptying rapidly.
- The city emptied as the population was marched to the countryside.
- Shops closed and the streets emptied as people took shelter in their houses, although by noon the situation appeared to have calmed.
- As he glided towards his victim, the hall emptied.
- By now the hall had emptied, as it was clear it was only me being weird again.
- Some think the reading rooms will empty out in favor of the virtual library.
- By nightfall, the road emptied, and dozens of lights from campfires dotted the tree line on both sides.
- As the night sky grew darker, the park slowly emptied.
- One of the reasons is that small towns are emptying fast.
- They remain open till around 9 p.m. and board up only when the roads start emptying.
- As the room slowly emptied, the only guests left were Ryan and Mr. Thompson.
- The balloons were falling, but the room was emptying already.
2to empty into sth — desaguar en algo
1(bottle)envase (vacío) masculinecasco masculine Mexico Spain
- A couple of hundred yards away in a wooded area just beyond the local Leisure Park another major collection of empties awaits.
- Blair tossed his empty into the waste basket then crossed the room to his bed.
- Just at that moment, Dixie came over and collected our empties.
- Service was quick and friendly and the collection of empties swift.
- She drained the beer and tossed the empty into the bin with the others.
- He pointed to a yellow plastic crate with the empties neatly stacked among full bottles.
- I think it is clear from the evidence that he was employed as a roundsman to drive his float round his round and to deliver milk, to collect empties and to obtain payment.
- The grass where I stood to take these pictures was littered with empties, mostly bourbon-and-cola bottles.
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