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 for busy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Busy \Bus"y\ (b[i^]z"z[y^]), a. [OE. busi, bisi, AS. bysig; akin
     to D. bezig, LG. besig; cf. Skr. bh[=u]sh to be active,
     1. Engaged in some business; hard at work (either habitually
        or only for the time being); occupied with serious
        affairs; not idle nor at leisure; as, a busy merchant.
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              Sir, my mistress sends you word
              That she is busy, and she can not come. --Shak.
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     2. Constantly at work; diligent; active.
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              Busy hammers closing rivets up.       --Shak.
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              Religious motives . . . are so busy in the heart.
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     3. Crowded with business or activities; -- said of places and
        times; as, a busy street.
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              To-morrow is a busy day.              --Shak.
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     4. Officious; meddling; foolish active.
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              On meddling monkey, or on busy ape.   --Shak.
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     5. Careful; anxious. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     Syn: Diligent; industrious; assiduous; active; occupied;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Busy \Bus"y\ (b[i^]z"z[y^]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Busied
     (b[i^]z"z[i^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Busying.] [AS. bysgian.]
     To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged;
     to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books.
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           Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
           With foreign quarrels.                   --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her
             work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch" [ant:
      2: overcrowded or cluttered with detail; "a busy painting"; "a
         fussy design" [syn: busy, fussy]
      3: 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" [syn: interfering, meddlesome, meddling,
         officious, busy, busybodied]
      4: crowded with or characterized by much activity; "a very busy
         week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport"
      5: (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" [syn: busy, engaged, in use(p)]
      v 1: keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly
           collection" [syn: busy, occupy]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "busy":
     absorb, active, arabesque, assiduous, at it, at work,
     attend to business, baroque, burden, bustling, busybody, chichi,
     complex, complicated, detailed, devote, diligent, divert, drive,
     elaborate, elegant, employ, employed, energetic, engage, engaged,
     engross, fag, fancy, fine, flamboyant, florid, flowery, forward,
     frilly, full of business, fussy, hard at it, hard at work, hectic,
     high-wrought, hustling, immerse, impertinent, in harness,
     industrious, inquisitive, intricate, involve, involved, keep busy,
     labored, lively, luxuriant, luxurious, meddlesome, meddling,
     mind the store, moresque, nosy, occupied, occupy, officious,
     on duty, on the go, on the hop, on the job, on the jump,
     on the move, on the run, oppress, ornate, ostentatious, overdrive,
     overelaborate, overelegant, overlabored, overtask, overtax,
     overwork, overworked, overwrought, pass the time, picturesque,
     presumptuous, pretty-pretty, prying, pushing, pushy, rich, rococo,
     self-appointed, snoopy, soak, spend, spend the time, sweat, task,
     tax, tied up, work, working

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