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busy

adjective [-er/-est only]  /ˈbɪz·i/ us  
(of a person) actively involved in doing something or having a lot of things to do, or (of a time or place) when or where a lot of things are happening: a busy street the busy summer months I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to have any social life. Getting the house ready for her relatives kept her busy the whole day. If a telephone is busy, it is being used by someone else: Her line is still busy.

busy

verb [T] /ˈbɪz·i/
to make the time pass by doing something: Aimee busied herself with a favorite book.
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