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Synonyms for busy

Verb

1. busy, occupy, work
usage: keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

Adjective

1. busy (vs. idle), at work(predicate), drudging, laboring, labouring, toiling, engaged, occupied, overbusy, tied up(predicate), up to, diligent, employed
usage: actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"
2. busy, fussy, fancy (vs. plain)
usage: overcrowded or cluttered with detail; "a busy painting"; "a fussy design"
3. interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busy, busybodied, intrusive (vs. unintrusive)
usage: intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's business"
4. busy, active (vs. inactive)
usage: crowded with or characterized by much activity; "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport"
5. busy, engaged, in use(predicate), occupied (vs. unoccupied)
usage: (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line); "her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy signal"
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