busy Definition

  • 1having a great deal to do; occupied with or concentrating on a particular activity or object of attention
  • 2full of activity or people
  • 3making someone fully occupied or unavailable for other activities

Using busy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "busy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm too busy to talk right now.

  • Example

    The streets were busy with shoppers.

  • Example

    The teacher kept the students busy with assignments.

  • Example

    She's been busy all day.

busy Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with busy

  • to occupy oneself with work or a hobby in order to keep from becoming bored or idle


    I like to keep busy by gardening and reading.

  • very busy and active


    She's always busy as a bee, running from one task to another.

  • work that keeps someone occupied but has little or no value in itself


    The interns were given busy work like filing and making copies.


Summary: busy in Brief

The adjective 'busy' [ˈbɪzi] describes being occupied with a particular activity or object of attention. It can also refer to a place or time that is full of activity or people. Phrases like 'keep busy' and 'busy as a bee' describe ways of staying active and productive. 'Busy work' refers to work that is not valuable in itself but keeps someone occupied.

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