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verbSouthern, Midlands, North, English Regional, United States Regional, Newfoundland
1with object To make (a vessel, receptacle, etc.) empty; to drain, remove the contents of. Frequently with of: to relieve of certain specified contents; (figurative) to cause to be rid of an attribute, characteristic, etc.
2no object To become empty. In later use with out. rare.
3with object To empty out (the contents of a vessel, receptacle, etc.); to pour out. In later use frequently with out.
Old English (in an earlier sense). Apparently shortened from empty.
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