What is the opposite of idle?

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Adjective
Opposite of ineffective or useless
Adjective
Opposite of not operating or being used
Adjective
Opposite of not easily aroused to action or work
Adjective
(of time) Opposite of characterized by inaction or absence of significant activity
Adjective
Opposite of frivolous or trivial
Adjective
Opposite of showing no interest, vigor, determination, or enthusiasm
Adjective
Opposite of not based on fact
Adjective
Opposite of having no meaning or purpose
Adjective
Opposite of lacking the ability or strength to move
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 lacking in seriousness or maturity
Adjective
Opposite of failing to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence
Adjective
Opposite of extremely lethargic or sleepy
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 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
Verb
Opposite of to relax or be at ease
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Opposite of to stop operating
“You will need some batteries to get that little engine to work.”
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Opposite of to move or act slowly
Verb
Opposite of live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way
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Opposite of relax after a period of work or tension
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Opposite of dawdle
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Opposite of to rest or engage in an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious
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Opposite of move or act in a dreamy or idle manner
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Opposite of to silently go about in a bad mood
Verb
Opposite of to stop proceedings, typically in relation to arduous activity
“After lunch, we will resume proceedings.”
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