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Definitions of spy

  1. catch sight of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. watch, observe, or inquire secretly Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a secret agent hired by a state to obtain (military) information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people; "my spies tell me that you had a good time last night" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage; "spy for the Russians" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. To gain sight of; to discover at a distance, or in a state of concealment; to espy; to see. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To discover by close search or examination. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To explore; to view; inspect; and examine secretly, as a country; -- usually with out. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To search narrowly; to scrutinize. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. One who keeps a constant watch of the conduct of others. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. A person sent secretly into an enemy's camp, territory, or fortifications, to inspect his works, ascertain his strength, movements, or designs, and to communicate such intelligence to the proper officer. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. A person who in time of war enters the enemy's camp to gain information; one who keeps watch on others; secret agent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To discover, especially at a distance; discover by looking carefully; detect; explore secretly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To examine narrowly; keep watch secretly: often with on or upon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Spied. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Spying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. One sent into an enemy's country or camp to find out their strength, etc.: one who keeps a watch on others: one who secretly conveys information. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. To see: to discover, generally at a distance: to discover by close search: to inspect secretly:-pa.t. and pa.p. spied. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. One who secretly inspects an enemy's camp or country; one who watches or pries into the affairs of others. esp. By sharp sight or close observation; to inspect secretly. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. To play the spy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. To see by looking carefully or secretly; discover; discern. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. To act as a spy; investigate; pry. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. One who enters an enemy's lines covertly to get information. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. One who watches others secretly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. A person sent into an enemy's camp to watch and report what is going on; one set to watch or one who watches the conduct of others. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. To see; to discover at a distance or in a state of concealment; to examine secretly; to explore. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. One who secretly watches the conduct, condition, actions, &c., of a person, in order to report them to another; a secret agent; one who secretly conveys the transactions of others; a secret agent; one who secretly conveys the transactions of others. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. To discover at a distance; to gain sight of; to inspect or examine secretly; to find out by artifice; to play the spy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. To explore; to view, inspect, and examine secretly, as a country; usually with out. dictgcide_fs
  31. sp[=i], n. one sent into an enemy's country or camp to find out their strength, &c.: one who keeps a watch on others: one who secretly conveys information.--v.t. to see: to discover, generally at a distance: to discover by close search: to inspect secretly:--pa.t. and pa.p. spied.--ns. SPY'AL=Spial; SPY'-CRAFT, SPY'ISM, the art or practice of spying; SPY'GLASS, a small hand-telescope; SPY'-HOLE, a peep-hole; SPY'-MON'EY, money paid for secret intelligence. [O. Fr. espier--Old High Ger. speh[=o]n; L. spec[)e]re.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  32. Person who goes, esp. in disguise, into enemy\'s camp or territory to inspect works; watch movements, &c., & report the result; person who keeps (esp. secret) watch on movements of others, as refuse to be a s. on his conduct; (v.t.) discern, make out, esp. by careful observation, as spied a horseman approaching, is quick at spying his neighbours\' faults, s. out, explore secretly, discover by this means; (v.i.) play the s., keep close& secret watch (upon person, movements, &c., into secret &c.); spyglass, small telescope; s.-hole, peep-hole. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. (i.e., Fr., L.). As in Exod. II. 11, is very often simply to see, to discover by seeing ; without any idea of secrecy. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  34. n. [Italian, French, Latin] One who keeps a constant watch on the conduct of others ;-a person sent into an enemy's camp to inspect their works, ascertain their strength or their movements, and communicate intelligence to the proper officer;-emissary ; scout. Cabinet Dictionary

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