busy bus‧y [ˈbɪzi] adjective
1. a telephone that is busy is being used; = engaged Bre
2. someone who is busy is working and is not available:

• Mr Bullon is busy right now - can you phone back after lunch?

busy with

• I've been busy with customers all morning

3. COMMERCE a busy period is full of work:

• Christmas is one of Oxford Street's busiest times of the year.

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busy UK US /ˈbɪzi/ adjective
working hard, or giving your attention to a particular thing: too busy to do sth »

I have been far too busy to think about taking time off.

busy with sth/sb »

All our agents are currently busy with other customers.

busy doing sth »

While we were busy planning our expansion, he was planning to take over the company.

a busy man/woman/person »

I won't take up much of your time, because I know you're a busy woman.

full of activity or people: »

a busy office/restaurant/street


The shop is always busy on Saturdays.

in a busy period, you have a lot of things to do: a busy week/day/morning »

It’s been a busy week.

(UK also engaged) COMMUNICATIONS if a telephone line is busy, someone is using it: »

I tried calling the office, but the line was busy.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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