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Definition of idle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    idle

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈaɪdl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they idle
     
    he / she / it idles
     
    past simple idled
     
    -ing form idling
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to spend time doing nothing important idle something (+ adv./prep.) They idled the days away, talking and watching television. (+ adv./prep.) They idled along by the river (= walked slowly and with no particular purpose).
  2. 2 [intransitive] (of an engine) to run slowly while the vehicle is not moving She left the car idling at the curb.
  3. 3 [transitive] idle somebody/something to close a factory, etc. or stop providing work for the workers, especially temporarily The strikes have idled nearly 4 000 workers.
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