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Meaning of busy

bus•y

Pronunciation: (biz'ē), [key]
— adj., v., bus•i•er, bus•i•est, bus•ied, bus•y•ing.
—adj.
  1. actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime: busy with her work.
  2. not at leisure; otherwise engaged: He couldn't see any visitors because he was busy.
  3. full of or characterized by activity: a busy life.
  4. (of a telephone line) in use by a party or parties and not immediately accessible.
  5. officious; meddlesome; prying.
  6. ornate, disparate, or clashing in design or colors; cluttered with small, unharmonious details; fussy: The rug is too busy for this room.
—v.t.
  1. to keep occupied; make or keep busy: In summer, he busied himself keeping the lawn in order.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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