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busy

bus·y

busy

 
pronunciation:
bI zi
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb
part of speech: adjective
inflections: busier, busiest
definition 1: actively occupied; engaged.
synonyms:
absorbed, active, engaged, engrossed, immersed, occupied, working
antonyms:
free, idle, lazy, secluded, unoccupied
similar words:
industrious
definition 2: characterized by much work or activity.
a busy season
synonyms:
active, productive
antonyms:
quiet, slack, slow
similar words:
industrious, lively
definition 3: unavailable for immediate use.
All the telephone lines were busy.
synonyms:
engaged, occupied
antonyms:
available
similar words:
reserved, used
definition 4: excessively decorated; ornate.
a busy design
synonyms:
elaborate, ornate, overcrowded, rococo
antonyms:
simple
similar words:
cluttered, excessive, fussy, overwrought
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: busied, busies, busying
definition: to keep (oneself) busy or occupied.
She busies herself with car repairs.
synonyms:
absorb, employ, engage, interest, involve, occupy, ply, work
similar words:
concern, exercise
derivation: busily (adv.)