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Definition of buzz verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they buzz
    he / she / it buzzes
    past simple buzzed
    -ing form buzzing
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a bee) to make a continuous low sound Bees buzzed lazily among the flowers.
  2. 2[intransitive] to make a sound like a bee buzzing The doorbell buzzed loudly. My ears were buzzing (= were filled with a continuous sound).
  3. 3[intransitive] to be full of excitement, activity, etc. New York buzzes from dawn to dusk. My head was still buzzing after the day's events. buzz with something The place was buzzing with journalists.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] buzz (something) (for somebody/something) to call someone to come by pressing a buzzer The doctor buzzed for the next patient to come in.
  5. 5[transitive] buzz somebody + adv./prep. to let someone in or out of a place by pressing a buzzer to open a door or gate The doorman will buzz you in. I buzzed myself through the gate.
  6. 6[transitive] buzz somebody/something (informal) to fly very close to someone or something, especially as a warning or threat
  7. Phrasal Verbsbuzz aroundbuzz off
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: buzz