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idle

verb
 
 
/ˈaɪdl/
ENGINE [I] If an engine or machine idles, it runs slowly but does not move or do any work: He left the engine idling and ran into the shop.FunctioningPerforming a function
STOP WORKING [T] US to stop someone or something working or being used, often because there is not enough work to do: The closure of the factory idled about 300 workers.Passive and not working
TIME [I] to spend time doing nothing: We saw her idling in the school grounds.Passive and not working
(Definition of idle verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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