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Being regularly preoccupied
“He's a hard man to get ahold of because he's always busy.”
(busy with) Deeply engaged in activity
“He's a workaholic who's always busy with some assignments he has to complete.”
Unavailable for meetings
“The doctor is currently busy but will be available in an hour.”
Full of activity
“It was a busy festival with plenty of music, dancing and entertainment.”
Full of people
“It was midday, and the city was busy with office workers getting their lunch.”
(of work) Strenuous in nature
“After a busy day at work, I finally returned home for some much needed rest.”
Excessively decorated
“A minimalist approach will work best when redecorating this room to prevent it from looking too busy.”
(of facilities or services) Not currently available for use
“His line is busy so I will attempt to call him at some other time.”
Tending to interfere in the affairs of others
“She's a busy woman who spends her time gossiping about her workmates.”
To be occupied with an activity
“I typically busy myself with some gardening whenever I have some free time.”
To hold the attention of
“We usually busy little Bobby with some cartoons on the television while we prepare dinner.”
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