What is the opposite of idle?

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Adjective
Opposite of not operating or being used
“The printer is currently in use by our busy staff.”
Adjective
Opposite of not functional or operational
“I cannot believe that this old television is still functional after all these years.”
Adjective
Opposite of doing nothing in particular
“He was surprisingly active for his age, and incredibly agile too.”
Adjective
Opposite of not easily motivated to action or work
“They were industrious by nature with a strong work ethic and a firm belief in self-sufficiency.”
Adjective
Opposite of not engaged in any occupation or employment
“Jack is currently employed and not looking for further opportunities at this stage.”
Adjective
(of time) Opposite of characterized by inaction or absence of significant activity
“Midday is our most busy period, and we really need all hands on deck to get through the grind.”
Adjective
Opposite of frivolous or trivial in nature
“It seems that you would rather get up on your soapbox than have a meaningful conversation.”
Adjective
Opposite of ineffective or useless
“The primary goal of advertising is to tap into the perceived collective desires of consumers in order to construct an effective ad campaign.”
Adjective
Opposite of of little importance
Adjective
Opposite of showing no interest, vigor, determination, or enthusiasm
Adjective
Opposite of spent in a bad way, squandered
Adjective
Opposite of not based on fact
Adjective
Opposite of having no meaning or purpose
Adjective
(of a person) Opposite of without money, a job, or a place to live
Adjective
Opposite of not engaged in work, responsibilities or obligations
“I will actually still be busy this weekend as I still have plenty of work to complete.”
Adjective
Opposite of silly in a childish way
Adjective
(of equipment or a facility) Opposite of available for use
“The elderly lady looked around for a place to sit inside the train, but all the seats were already taken.”
Adjective
Opposite of slow to act
Adjective
Opposite of having or showing laziness, disregard or negligence
Adjective
Opposite of having or showing no intelligence or interest
Adjective
Opposite of ridiculously trivial or frivolous
“Risk management on an enterprise level is important in driving business strategies and performance.”
Adjective
Opposite of relating to or living the life of a vagrant
Adjective
Opposite of forgetful or careless due to distraction
Adjective
Opposite of empty or not occupied
Verb
Opposite of to laze around, mostly doing nothing
“I really should move about a little after being sedentary for hours.”
Verb
Opposite of to move aimlessly or lazily
“We advise you to move purposefully to the castle to get the message to the Queen before it's too late.”
Verb
Opposite of to cause (an engine) to idle
“Don't stop the engine while we are trying to charge the battery.”
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Opposite of to spend one's time in an aimless, idle way
Verb
Opposite of to stop operating
“You will need some batteries to get that little engine to work.”
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Opposite of live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way
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(informal) Opposite of to relax or spend time doing nothing
“Let's do something this weekend since it's sunny.”
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Opposite of relax after a period of work or tension
Verb
Opposite of to relax or laze about
“I would finally find the motivation to exercise and eat healthily again after weeks of gorging on junk food.”
Verb
Opposite of dawdle
Verb
Opposite of to rest or engage in an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious
“You need to take a chill pill because you stress too much!”
Verb
Opposite of to think deeply about something that makes one unhappy, angry, or worried
Verb
Opposite of to stop proceedings, typically in relation to arduous activity
“After lunch, we will resume proceedings.”
Verb
Opposite of to make inactive
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