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English definition of “idle”

idle

adjective (NOT WORKING)    /ˈaɪ.dl̩/
C1 not working or being used: Half these factories now stand idle. It's crazy to have £7,000 sitting idle in the bank.Not functioningPassive and not working An idle moment or period of time is one in which there is no work or activity: If you have an idle moment, call me.Passive and not working without work: Almost half of the workforce are now idle. → Synonym unemployed adjectiveUnemployment
(Definition of idle adjective (NOT WORKING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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