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Definitions of busy

  1. keep busy with; " She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
  2. actively or fully engaged or occupied; " busy with her work"; " a busy man"; " too busy to eat lunch"; " the line is busy"
  3. intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; " an interfering old woman"; " bustling about self- importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; " busy about other people's business"
  4. ( of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (` engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line); " her line is busy"; " receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; " the lavatory is in use"; " kept getting a busy signal"
  5. crowdedwith or characterized by much activity; " a very busy week"; " a busy life"; " a busy street"; " a busy seaport"
  6. Engaged in some business; hard at work ( either habitually or only for the time being); occupied with serious affairs; not idle nor at leisure; as, a busy merchant.
  7. Constantly at work; diligent; active.
  8. Careful; anxious.
  9. To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books.
  10. Crowded with business or activities; - said of places and times; as, a busy street.
  11. Earnestly, actively, or closely at work; characteristic of, or pertaining to, industry or diligence; as, the busy hum of the factory; bustling; full of employment; as, a busy day; meddlesome.
  12. To keep engaged; to occupy.
  13. Busied.
  14. Busying.
  15. Busily.
  16. Fully employed: active: diligent: meddling.
  17. To make busy: to occupy:- pr. p. busying; pa. p. busied.
  18. Fully occupied; active; diligent; meddling.
  19. To make busy; to occupy.
  20. To make or be busy; occupy oneself.
  21. Intensely active; habitually occupied; industrious; diligent.
  22. Officiously active; prying; meddling.
  23. Very closely engaged; actively employed; diligent; marked by activity; meddling.
  24. To occupy; to make or keep busy.
  25. Very closely engaged; constantly and actively employed; meddling; troublesome.
  26. To employ constantly; to keep employed; to make busy.
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Usage examples for busy

  1. " He is busy with his work all day long. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  2. You know a person can be busy and not happy. – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  3. She was often busy with this thought. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  4. He had too busy a time of it. – At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason
  5. " I have been very busy," replied Dick. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  6. Perhaps, if I am not too busy, I will come for you the next time you go to the shop. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  7. But I do remember it was very busy for a while. – Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison
  8. He said one day he could imagine they had been very busy and they were tired, and all at once Peter turned to Paul and said, " Paul, wouldn't you like to take a little walk?" – Pleasure & Profit in Bible Study by Dwight Moody
  9. Be in a hurry, for I am very busy. – Raiding with Morgan by Byron A. Dunn
  10. So to the office, where busy all the morning. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  11. I guess you've got a busy day before you. – The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett
  12. Thou findst, to be too busy is some danger. – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  13. No; not unless at a busy time. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  14. Who said I was busy? – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  15. While I was busy with this the Captain came up. – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
  16. You have no idea how busy she is. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  17. I don't really expect that, but if they can keep him busy long enough, we can get far enough away so that he won't bother about us any more. – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  18. " I am afraid," Andrew answered, " that I am rather busy just now. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  19. It was a busy street. – Half Portions by Edna Ferber
  20. Now, Beaumanoir, get busy. – A Son of the Immortals by Louis Tracy
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