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Adjective
Being regularly preoccupied
“He's a hard man to get ahold of because he's always busy.”
Adjective
(busy with) Deeply engaged in a given activity
“He's a workaholic who's always busy with some assignments he has to complete.”
Adjective
Unavailable for meetings
“The doctor is currently busy but will be available in an hour.”
Adjective
Full of activity
“It was a busy festival with plenty of music, dancing, and entertainment.”
Adjective
Full of people
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“It was midday, and the city was busy with office workers getting their lunch.”
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(of work) Strenuous in nature
“After a busy day at work, I finally returned home for some much-needed rest.”
Adjective
Excessively decorated
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“A minimalist approach will work best when redecorating this room to prevent it from looking too busy.”
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(of facilities or services) Not currently available for use
“His line is busy so I will attempt to call him at some other time.”
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Tending to interfere in the affairs of others
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“She's a busy woman who spends her time gossiping about her workmates.”
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Hard-working, diligent or regular (in attendance or work)
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Preoccupied with something to the exclusion of everything else
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Of or pertaining to high levels of activity
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Engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuits
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Under strain or deprivation
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Frequented or used by travelers
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Under a great deal of strain and worry
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Of, relating to, catering for, or visited by tourists
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Characterized by, or displaying, frenetic excitement or energy
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Frantically short of time
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Showing wild, apparently deranged, excitement and energy
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Having a period of great prosperity or rapid economic growth
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Requiring significant physical exertion
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Verb
To be occupied with an activity
“I typically busy myself with some gardening whenever I have some free time.”
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To hold or engage the attention of
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“We usually busy little Bobby with some cartoons on the television while we prepare dinner.”
Verb
Actively engaged in an assigned task, duty or occupation
Noun
A police officer or member of law enforcement
“All of our family is busy with children and can't afford the time or the patience to temporarily move in with him.”
Preposition
Engaged in, but not finished with, an activity
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