idle adjective Meaning in Cambridge Business English Dictionary
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idle

adjective
 
 
/ˈaɪdl/
PRODUCTION, WORKPLACE not operating or not being used: stand/lie/remain idle As more factories in the city stood idle, workers started leaving.
FINANCE used to describe assets that are not earning money or interest, or not earning enough: If you've got a few thousand pounds lying idle in a savings account, think about paying off part of your mortgage or credit card debts.idle cash/capital/funds These idle funds can be invested on the money market.
HR, WORKPLACE unemployed, or not working on a job: More than 22,913 assembly workers remained idle because of continued shortages of imported parts.
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