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busy

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For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Francis Bacon
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English

Etymology

From Old English bisiġ.

Pronunciation

Adjective

busy (comparative busier, superlative busiest)

Positive
busy

Comparative
busier

Superlative
busiest

  1. Doing a great deal; having a lot of things to do in the space of time given
    It has been a busy day.
  2. Engaged in another activity or by someone else.
    The director cannot see you now, he's busy.
    Her telephone has been busy all day.
  3. Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate.
    Flowers, stripes, and checks in the same fabric make for a busy pattern.

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Verb

Infinitive
to busy

Third person singular
busies

Simple past
busied

Past participle
-

Present participle
busying

to busy (third-person singular simple present busies, present participle busying, simple past and past participle busied)
  1. To make somebody busy, to keep busy with, to occupy, to make occupied.
    • On my vacation I'll busy myself with gardening.
  2. To rush somebody.

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