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Meaning & Definition of Busy in English

English

Busy

/bɪzi/

verb

1. Keep busy with

  • "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
    synonym:
  • busy
  • ,
  • occupy

adjective

1. Actively or fully engaged or occupied

  • "Busy with her work"
  • "A busy man"
  • "Too busy to eat lunch"
    synonym:
  • busy

2. Overcrowded or cluttered with detail

  • "A busy painting"
  • "A fussy design"
    synonym:
  • busy
  • ,
  • fussy

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"
    synonym:
  • interfering
  • ,
  • meddlesome
  • ,
  • meddling
  • ,
  • officious
  • ,
  • busy
  • ,
  • busybodied

4. Crowded with or characterized by much activity

  • "A very busy week"
  • "A busy life"
  • "A busy street"
  • "A busy seaport"
    synonym:
  • busy

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)
  • "Her line is busy"
  • "Receptionists' telephones are always engaged"
  • "The lavatory is in use"
  • "Kept getting a busy signal"
    synonym:
  • busy
  • ,
  • engaged
  • ,
  • in use(p)

Examples of using

The laboratory is busy now on a new scientific experiment.
Tom is busy running an errand for his father.
Tom is very busy and doesn't have much time for relationships.