busy oneself with

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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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An Aitekaf observer should busy oneself with the beneficial as much as one meaningfully can, such as: voluntary prayer; reciting the Book of Allah, with reflection, contemplation, and passion remembrance of Allah, in all its forms; gaining beneficial knowledge, and listening to inspiring religious discourses.
The word in its verb form means, "To repair in an unskillful, clumsy, or makeshift way; to busy oneself with a thing without useful result.
On the one hand there is the spiritual advice he so often offered, that to be freed of a persistent temptation, one needs to "let it go" and busy oneself with other things rather than to fight and struggle and thus to spread the itch by scratching it.