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Samples where busy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She busies herself with her butterfly collection

Synonyms for busy in the sense of this definition

(busy is a kind of ...) exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

"I will work hard to improve my grades" "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

(... is a kind of busy ) work lightly

"The old lady is pottering around in the garden"

(... is a kind of busy ) work with in an amateurish manner

"She dabbles in astronomy" "He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"

Definition 2: actively or fully engaged or occupied - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where busy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • busy with her work
  • a busy man
  • too busy to eat lunch

(busy is similar to ...) on the job

"had been at work for over an hour before her boss arrived"

(busy is similar to ...) doing arduous or unpleasant work

"drudging peasants" "the bent backs of laboring slaves picking cotton" "toiling coal miners in the black deeps"

(busy is similar to ...) having ones attention or mind or energy engaged

"she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities" "deeply engaged in conversation"

(busy is similar to ...) too busy

(busy is similar to ...) kept occupied or engaged

"she's tied up at the moment and can't see you" "the phone was tied up for almost an hour"

(busy is similar to ...) busy or occupied with

"what have you been up to?" "up to no good"

(means also ...) characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks

"a diligent detective investigates all clues" "a diligent search of the files"

(means also ...) having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary

"most of our graduates are employed"

Definition 3: overcrowded or cluttered with detail - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where busy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a busy painting
  • a fussy design

Synonyms for busy in the sense of this definition

(busy is similar to ...) not plain; decorative or ornamented

"fancy handwriting" "fancy clothes"

Definition 4: intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where busy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an interfering old woman
  • bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself
  • busy about other people's business

Synonyms for busy in the sense of this definition

(busy is similar to ...) tending to intrude (especially upon privacy)

"she felt her presence there was intrusive"

Definition 5: (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) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where busy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her line is busy
  • receptionists' telephones are always engaged
  • the lavatory is in use
  • kept getting a busy signal

Synonyms for busy in the sense of this definition

(busy is similar to ...) held or filled or in use

"she keeps her time well occupied" "the wc is occupied"

Definition 6: crowded with or characterized by much activity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where busy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a very busy week
  • a busy life
  • a busy street
  • a busy seaport

(busy is similar to ...) full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

"an active seaport" "an active bond market" "an active account"

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