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verb idle pronunciation in American English /ˈaɪd(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleidling
past tenseidled
past participleidled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if an engine idles, it runs slowly and does not produce any movement
    The taxi hummed in the road, engine idling, meter ticking over.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to stop using factories or employing people, usually for a short period of time
    Plant closures have led to skilled workers being idled.

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