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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We set up the video camera to film our joust with the blizzard and then busied ourselves with dismantling the tents while preventing them from being blown away/That done, we loaded our gear into Molly Brown, our trailer.
Inside the house we busied ourselves with pots of paint and wallpaper.
Whatever trivia question we busied ourselves with along the way could be answered in real time.
As night settled around us, we busied ourselves with conducting our concert of fire.
We talked about the mission and busied ourselves with getting the lift messages, signing the aircrew reading-board pages, getting coffee and water, and taking care of other details.
My friend and I busied ourselves with the menu - the food choices, which are many, are chalked up on various gigantic blackboards.