Active and Idle


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Active adjective – Being in effective operation.
Usage example: the abandoned factory had not been active for years

Idle is an antonym for active in topics: busy, very involved in activity, having movement.
Nearby Words: action, activity, activate, acting, activated
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Idle adjective – Not being in a state of use, activity, or employment.
Usage example: the car was idle for two weeks while they went on vacation

Active is an antonym for idle in topics: lazy, unoccupied, worthless.
Nearby Words: idled, idleness, idler, idling, idly
Antonyms for Idle
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life active life idle life
interest active interest idle interest
characters active characters idle characters
threat active threat idle threat
Other nouns: soldiers.

Both words in one sentence

  • Video Game / LEGO Dimensions Some playable characters go into their idle animation gags when not active, if the active character isn't doing much, either.
  • Idle Games usually have a concept of buying upgrades that enhance your ability to gain points (whether active, idle, or both), yielding exponential gains that Pinball Scoring can't begin to describe.
    Source: Idle Game
  • Jilva at first is an idle royalty, but she becomes a member of active royalty through the game.
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Idle and Active. (2016). Retrieved 2021, April 13, from
Active & Idle. N.p., 2016. Web. 13 Apr. 2021. <>.
Idle or Active. 2016. Accessed April 13, 2021.

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