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Definitions of spy

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To see by looking carefully or secretly; discover; discern. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. To examine narrowly; keep watch secretly: often with on or upon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To play the spy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. catch sight of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage; "spy for the Russians" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To act as a spy; investigate; pry. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Spying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people; "my spies tell me that you had a good time last night" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. (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
  14. To gain sight of; to discover at a distance, or in a state of concealment; to espy; to see. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To discover by close search or examination. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To explore; to view; inspect; and examine secretly, as a country; -- usually with out. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To search narrowly; to scrutinize. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. One who keeps a constant watch of the conduct of others. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. One who watches others secretly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Spied. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for spy

  1. As to the spy upon his actions, that was plain enough. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  2. " Tell her yourself," said Lucy; and when, after breakfast, Lenora, anxious to spy out everything, appeared in the kitchen, Aunt Polly called out, " Did you hear anything last night, Miss Lenora?" – Homestead on the Hillside by Mary Jane Holmes
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