ETYM Old Eng. busi, bisi, AS. bysig; akin to Dutch bezig, LG. besig; cf. Skr. bhűsh to be active, busy.
1. Crowded with or characterized by much activity.
2. Actively or fully engaged or occupied.
3. Overcrowded or cluttered with detail; SYN. fussy.
4. (Of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) Unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; ('engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line); SYN. engaged, in use.
ETYM French diligent, Latin diligens, -entis, p. pr. of diligere, dilectum, to esteem highly, prefer; di- = dis- + legere to choose. Related to Legend.
1. Characterized by care and perseverence in carrying out tasks.
2. Quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness; SYN. persevering.
ETYM Latin industrius, industriosus: cf. French industrieux. Related to Industry.
1. Given to industry; characterized by diligence; constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied; busy; assiduous; not lazy or idle; -- commonly implying devotion to lawful and useful labor.
2. Steadily and perseveringly active in a particular pursuit or aim.
ETYM Latin sedulus, perhaps from sedere to sit, and so akin to Eng. sit.
Diligent in one's activities; assiduous.
Taking great care; assiduous.
ETYM Latin studious: cf. French studieux. Related to Study.
Marked by care and effort.
With diligence; in a diligent manner.
In an industrious manner.
In a sedulous manner.
In a studious manner.