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synonyms for idle

  • empty
  • unproductive
  • useless
  • hollow
  • rambling
  • abortive
  • bootless
  • frivolous
  • fruitless
  • futile
  • groundless
  • insignificant
  • irrelevant
  • not serious
  • nugatory
  • of no avail
  • otiose
  • pointless
  • superficial
  • trivial
  • unavailing
  • unhelpful
  • unnecessary
  • unsuccessful
  • vain
See also synonyms for: idled / idleness / idler / idles / idling / idly
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antonyms for idle

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  • active
  • ambitious
  • busy
  • diligent
  • effective
  • employed
  • hustling
  • important
  • productive
  • used
  • working
  • worthwhile
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How to use idle in a sentence

In fact, it's getting so bad that a number of OEMs, including Ford and General Motors, have had to go as far as idling shifts and even entire factories.
A SILICON CHIP SHORTAGE IS CAUSING AUTOMAKERS TO IDLE THEIR FACTORIESJONATHAN M. GITLINFEBRUARY 4, 2021ARS TECHNICA
Virginia officials said they are temporarily pausing deactivation of idle E-ZPass accounts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
VIRGINIA PAUSES DEACTIVATION OF IDLE E-ZPASS ACCOUNTS AMID PANDEMICJUSTIN WM. MOYERFEBRUARY 3, 2021WASHINGTON POST
They have been both overstretched in some departments, and rendered idle in others, and although in some cases they have seen increases in patient volume due to coronavirus outbreaks, they have by and large suffered significant financial losses.
COVID-19 COULD TEACH US HOSPITALS SOME LESSONS, IF THEY’RE WILLING TO LISTENANNALISA MERELLIJANUARY 28, 2021QUARTZ
Officials hope that makeshift system will free up ambulances now sitting idle outside hospitals because their patients can’t be admitted.
LOS ANGELES IS RUNNING OUT OF OXYGEN FOR PATIENTS AS COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS HIT RECORD HIGHS NATIONWIDEFENIT NIRAPPIL, WILLIAM WANJANUARY 5, 2021WASHINGTON POST
A rare exception came early in the pandemic in March, when an apparel returns warehouse was idled by order of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear after an outbreak there.
AMAZON CLOSES NEW JERSEY WAREHOUSE AFTER SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASESRACHEL KINGDECEMBER 21, 2020FORTUNE
No one has a factory sitting idle able to make 1 or 2 billion doses a year.
“NONE OF US WERE READY” TO MANUFACTURE GENETIC VACCINES FOR A BILLION PEOPLEANTONIO REGALADODECEMBER 17, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
It's an idle question, I know; wise men and musty philosophers say that regrets are foolish.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
He worketh under correction, and seeketh to rest: let his hands be idle, and he seeketh liberty.
THE BIBLE, DOUAY-RHEIMS VERSIONVARIOUS
There was a deep silence throughout the whole bivouac; some were sleeping, and those who watched were in no humour for idle chat.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
While the fortress was undermining at home, they were not idle, who were preparing to storm it from abroad.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
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WORDS RELATED TO IDLE

  • fruitless
  • futile
  • idle
  • ineffectual
  • unavailing
  • vain
  • worthless
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.