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actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime:
busy with her work.
not at leisure; otherwise engaged:
He couldn’t see any visitors because he was busy.
full of or characterized by activity:
a busy life.
(of a telephone line) in use by a party or parties and not immediately accessible.
officious; meddlesome; prying.
ornate, disparate, or clashing in design or colors; cluttered with small, unharmonious details; fussy:
The rug is too busy for this room.
to keep occupied; make or keep busy:
In summer, he busied himself keeping the lawn in order.
Contemporary Examples

Escape from Bolivia Mac Margolis September 1, 2013
A Tale of Thanksgiving Triumph Michael Daly November 27, 2013
The Dark Recesses of Lena’s Brain Amy Zimmerman February 20, 2014
The Mormon Jersey Shore McKay Coppins May 17, 2011
The Mormon Jersey Shore McKay Coppins May 17, 2011

Historical Examples

“And they thought we wouldn’t fight” Floyd Gibbons
A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Through the Wall Cleveland Moffett
Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15) Charles Morris
The Alchemist’s Secret Isabel Cecilia Williams

adjective busier, busiest
actively or fully engaged; occupied
crowded with or characterized by activity: a busy day
(mainly US & Canadian) (of a room, telephone line, etc) in use; engaged
overcrowded with detail: a busy painting
meddlesome; inquisitive; prying
verb busies, busying, busied
(transitive) to make or keep (someone, esp oneself) busy; occupy

busy as a beaver
busy work


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