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 ?
Master Pierrat--Master Jacques, I mean, busy yourself with Marc Cenaine.
Go, then, within the house and busy yourself with your daily duties, your loom, your distaff, and the ordering of your servants; for speech is man's matter, and mine above all others {10}--for it is I who am master here.
Go, then, within the house, and busy yourself with your daily duties, your loom, your distaff, and the ordering of your servants; for war is man's matter, and mine above all others of them that have been born in Ilius.
You can busy yourself with life and work and kids and that but when you go away for a two-week holiday and have time to reflect on what's wrong, and then you have in-laws around and it's very hard to paper over the g, d r cracks in those times.
Rather than apologise, then busy yourself with your own activities, see if you can get the individuals in question involved.
You busy yourself with lighting a cigarette that has no taste, and you buy an ear of corn and eat it all by yourself.
Busy yourself with a neglected interest in the evenings.
For example, while you are cooking you can busy yourself with mentioning Allh, glorifying and praising Him, or listening to lectures or Quran recitation in cassettes (or CDs).
Romance is particularly y y g gy g well aspected, but you can't sit back and wait for a fantasy p g p y admirer to hunt you down, you need to busy yourself with p y y as many buzzy events as possible.
I suggest you busy yourself with an important mission that would benefit the nation, such as ascertaining just why the mash at the Brit Club has gone lumpy.
If you don't have prospects to meet with, then you need to busy yourself with finding them.
The temptation, of course, is not to bother to exercise muscles, or to learn to breathe properly, and to leave the process of learning on automatic while you busy yourself with other things.
If at all possible, when something upsets you, busy yourself with something else that is emotionally positive.
However, if like me, that all seems a bit too energetic, you can simply busy yourself with the exhausting challenge of getting a perfect tan.