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  • bus·y (bz)
  • adj. bus·i·er, bus·i·est
  • busi·ly adv.
  • busy·ness n.
  • busi·ly adv.
  • busy·ness n.


  • 1. Engaged in activity, as work; occupied.
  • 2. Sustaining much activity: a busy morning; a busy street.
  • 3. Meddlesome; prying.
  • 4. Being in use, as a telephone line.
  • 5. Cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting: a busy design.

To make busy; occupy: busied myself preparing my tax

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busy, industrious, diligent, assiduous, sedulous

These adjectives suggest active or sustained effort to accomplish something. Busy, the most general, sometimes indicates constant and customary work or activity: a busy lawyer; a busy day.

Industrious implies steady application that is often habitual or the result of a natural inclination: weeds pulled by an industrious gardener.

Diligent suggests constant painstaking effort, often toward the achievement of a specific goal: a diligent detective.

Assiduous emphasizes sustained application: assiduous efforts to learn French.

Sedulous adds to assiduous the sense of persistent, thoroughgoing endeavor: "the sedulous pursuit of legal and moral principles" (Ernest van den Haag).