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verb buzz pronunciation in American English /bʌz/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybuzz
he/she/itbuzzes
present participlebuzzing
past tensebuzzed
past participlebuzzed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] when an insect such as a fly or bee buzzes, it makes a rough continuous sound
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] used about machines or electric tools that make a similar sound when they are being used
      Saws were buzzing everywhere.
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    2. b.
      [intransitive] to move somewhere while buzzing
      buzz around/by/past etc.: Flies were buzzing around my head.
      A small airplane buzzed past.
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    3. c.
      [intransitive] [usually progressive] if your ears or your head are buzzing, you can hear a continuous sound inside your head
      My head was still buzzing hours after leaving the nightclub.
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    4. d.
      [intransitive/transitive] spoken to press a buzzer to attract someones attention
      Just buzz me when the client arrives.
      Buzz if you know the answer.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] [usually progressive] if a place or group of people is buzzing, there is a lot of noise or activity
    buzz with: Normally the house was buzzing with cheerful conversation.
    a classroom buzzing with activity
    1. a.
      if someones head, mind, or brain is buzzing with ideas, questions, etc. or if these are buzzing around in their head, mind, or brain, they cannot stop thinking about them
      buzz with: His mind was always buzzing with new and exciting ideas.
      buzz around: With all these questions buzzing around in my head, I couldn’t sleep.
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  3. 3
    [transitive] informal to fly an airplane low over people or buildings
    The locals are fed up with being buzzed by military jets.
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  4. 4
    [intransitive] to move around quickly and busily
    buzz around/about: Jane buzzed around serving drinks and chatting with her guests.
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