busy ADJECTIVE (busier, busiest) 1) having a great deal to do. 2) currently occupied with an activity. 3) excessively detailed or decorated.
VERB (busies, busied) (busy oneself) keep occupied.
DERIVATIVES busily adverb busyness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

English terms dictionary. 2015.

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  • Busily — Bus i*ly, adv. In a busy manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • busily — [adv] actively; intently agilely, animatedly, ardently, arduously, assiduously, briskly, carefully, diligently, eagerly, earnestly, energetically, enthusiastically, expeditiously, fervently, hastily, hurriedly, indefatigably, industriously,… …   New thesaurus

  • busily — [biz′ə lē] adv. in a busy manner …   English World dictionary

  • busily — adv. Busily is used with these adjectives: ↑engaged Busily is used with these verbs: ↑employ, ↑prepare, ↑sort, ↑work, ↑write …   Collocations dictionary

  • busily — bus|i|ly [ bızıli ] adverb if you are busily doing something, you are giving all your attention to it: The little girls were busily playing in the sand …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • busily — [[t]bɪ̱zɪli[/t]] ADV GRADED: ADV with v If you do something busily, you do it in a very active way. The two saleswomen were busily trying to keep up with the demand …   English dictionary

  • busily — UK [ˈbɪzɪlɪ] / US adverb if you are busily doing something, you are giving all your attention to it The little girls were busily engaged in filling their buckets with sand …   English dictionary

  • busily — bus|i|ly [ˈbızıli] adv in a busy way ▪ Students were busily writing notes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • busily — adverb see busy I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • busily — /biz euh lee/, adv. in a busy manner; actively. [1175 1225; ME bisiliche. See BUSY, LY] * * * …   Universalium

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