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busy

adjective uk   /ˈbɪz.i/ us  

busy adjective (DOING THINGS)

A2 If you are busy, you are working hard, or giving your attention to a particular thing: Mum was busy in the kitchen. The kids are busy with their homework. She's busy writing out the wedding invitations. I've got plenty of jobs to keep you busy. He was too busy talking to notice us come in.A1 A busy place is full of activity or people: a busy restaurant Their house is near a very busy road.A2 In a busy period, you have a lot of things to do: I have a busy week ahead of me. You've had a busy day. ( UK also engaged) If a phone line is busy, someone is using it: I tried calling you but the line was busy.
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busy adjective (WITH PATTERNS)

disapproving having too much decoration or too many colours: The jacket was a bit too busy for my tastes - I'd prefer something plainer.

busy

verb uk   /ˈbɪz.i/ us  
busy yourself to make the time pass by doing something: I busied myself with tidying up my desk.
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