busy with (something)

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busy with (something)

1. adjective Spending a lot of one's time focused or working on a particular task, goal, or project. I'm so busy with school right now that I haven't seen my friends in weeks.
2. verb To immerse oneself in a task or project. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "busy" and "with." Ever since my break-up with Ben, I've busied myself with work to keep from crying all day long.
3. verb To engage or occupy someone with a distraction, task, or project. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "busy" and "with." If you busy the baby with a toy, he'll stop crying in no time. My husband is off all week, so I'm busying him with repairs around the house.
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busy oneself with someone or something

to occupy one's time by dealing with someone or something. Tony busied himself with helping Sam. Mrs. Wilson busied herself with little Jimmy.
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busy someone with someone or something

to keep someone busy dealing with someone or something. You should busy the children with some activity. We will busy Randy with cleaning up the garage.
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References in classic literature ?
Let me see; Monday will be a busy day with you, we will not come on Monday; and Tuesday will be a busy one with me.
He continues to be a blobber and his week has been a very busy one with visits to an engraving exhibition, the Spring Fair at Venue Cymru, working in the studio and also two day giving a glass blowing course.
This time of year, with back to school looming in a couple of weeks time, is traditionally a busy one with parents stocking up on new school uniforms, shoes, sports equipment, stationery, winter coats, school bags etc.
Boxing Night's a busy one with G-Bar, Garlands and Addiction all hosting something special.