Definition of busily in US English:

busily

adverb

  • 1In a very active way.

    ‘he was busily engaged in other activities’
    • ‘Each time, the Jewish people reinvented themselves and busily set off on a brand new mission.’
    • ‘Local drama group The Sliabh Luachra Players is busily rehearsing its next production, which is the comedy entitled A Country Dressmaker.’
    • ‘The government, picturing hordes of revolutionaries busily tunnelling like moles all over Russia, was driven to unusual measures.’
    • ‘McConnell appeared with two women MSPs, busily at work in his campaign HQ.’
    • ‘But while the imperial commander was wasting his time in comfortable winter quarters, the fugitive king busily employed himself in raising an army.’
    • ‘Gallows were erected on hills throughout the English border counties, and put busily to work.’
    • ‘Over the last few decades, western civilisations have busily sown the seeds of their own destruction.’
    • ‘Madie and Cohen are busily fighting, but not with words.’
    • ‘The Russian Central Bank has been busily buying dollars, which keeps the ruble artificially low.’
    • ‘The currency markets are busily marking sterling down against both the dollar and the euro in anticipation of early action.’
    • ‘Students and their religion teachers are busily preparing for the forthcoming opening mass.’
    • ‘Members are now busily preparing for the Annual Exhibition, which will be held this year from July 23rd to August 14th at An Leabharlann.’
    • ‘Imagine a country where instead of rooting out discrimination, many policy makers are busily blaming women for their disproportionate poverty.’
    • ‘Toyota and Honda are busily rolling out hybrid cars.’
    • ‘Drug companies are working busily to develop new therapies based on this knowledge. "’
    • ‘The transition year students are currently busily working away on the show with the full support of their teachers.’
    • ‘Already, the company is busily building up that practice.’
    • ‘Veritas has been busily trying to build out a server software management portfolio to complement its storage applications.’
    • ‘The traditional summer holiday season finds many companies busily marketing a wide variety of products to consumers with money to spend.’
    • ‘At one level, this is a political opportunity opposition parties are busily exploiting.’
    actively, industriously, purposefully, diligently, dutifully, energetically, vigorously, enthusiastically, strenuously, tirelessly, indefatigably
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    1. 1.1 While giving all one's attention to something.
      ‘he was busily writing away’
      • ‘Behind the Irish coach, the camera pans over familiar ex-players all contributing, rather than administrators busily filling in their expenses slips.’
      • ‘On that bright, frosty January day, people were busily bustling about under the broad glass dome of the Taurida Palace.’
      • ‘You can see the workers are busily loading up cars.’
      • ‘Meanwhile Smudgelet and I spent a fun-filled quiet afternoon while grandad slept busily constructing a model aeroplane.’
      • ‘We begin this week on Outcast Island, where Dylan is busily spearing fish.’
      • ‘Mrs. Reynolds proceeded on to her own workroom where Mrs. Darcy's maid was busily mending one of her mistress ' finer winter gowns.’
      • ‘Seated in front of what had been the bar, Morgan was busily keying in on the computer.’
      • ‘Small children were busily searching for perfect samples of fallen leaves to collect.’
      • ‘Many houses were flooded, and the villagers were busily employed in devising means to keep the water out.’
      • ‘Police, busily performing their cursory searches of every person, will therefore probably miss John's explosives.’
      • ‘They sat quietly, busily observing the happenings in the hall.’
      • ‘The two teenage girls were busily engaged on the loom.’
      • ‘One Saturday morning, Roger was busily working on his car.’
      • ‘They were busily sawing the tree when Billy said he'd have to go to the bushes.’
      • ‘On the eve of the festa every man, woman, cat, dog, and chicken was busily running hither and yon.’
      • ‘The training session had finished and a handful of players were still out there busily signing autographs.’
      • ‘I quickly dressed and hurried downstairs to find my mother busily preparing breakfast, after which I was given my big present.’
      • ‘Inside, 30 young Richmond residents busily cut fabric and pin patterns to red and black felt.’
      • ‘They are not shy birds and may allow close views as they busily feed.’
      • ‘A small army of workmen were busily engaged yesterday, in putting on the finishing touches of the embellishments.’

Pronunciation

busily

/ˈbɪzəli//ˈbizəlē/