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Definition of SPY

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Spy \Spy\ (sp[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spied} (sp[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spying}.] [OE. spien, espien, OF. espier, F. ['e]pier, OHG. speh[=o]n, G. sp[aum]hen; akin to L. specere to see, Skr. spa[,c]. [root] 169. Cf. {Espy}, v. t., {Aspect}, {Auspice}, {Circumspect}, {Conspicuous}, {Despise}, {Frontispiece}, {Inspect}, {Prospect}, {Respite}, {Scope}, {Specimen}, {Spectacle}, {Specter}, {Speculate}, {Spice}, {Spite}, {Suspicion}.]
     1. To gain sight of; to discover at a distance, or in a state of concealment; to espy; to see. [1913 Webster]

              One, in reading, skipped over all sentences where he spied a note of admiration.           --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     2. To discover by close search or examination. [1913 Webster]

              Look about with your eyes; spy what things are to be reformed in the church of England.    --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

     3. To explore; to view, inspect, and examine secretly, as a country; -- usually with out. [1913 Webster]

              Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took the villages thereof.                     --Num. xxi.
                                                    32. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Spy \Spy\, v. i.
     To search narrowly; to scrutinize.
     [1913 Webster]

           It is my nature's plague
           To spy into abuses.                      --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Spy \Spy\, n.; pl. {Spies} (sp[imac]z). [See {Spy}, v., and cf. {Espy}, n.]
     1. One who keeps a constant watch of the conduct of others.
        "These wretched spies of wit." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Mil.) 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. [1913 Webster]

     {Spy money}, money paid to a spy; the reward for private or secret intelligence regarding the enemy.

     {Spy Wednesday} (Eccl.), the Wednesday immediately preceding the festival of Easter; -- so called in allusion to the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: See {Emissary}, and {Scout}.
          [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

114 Moby Thesaurus words for "spy":
     CIA man, agent, be vigilant, be watchful, beagle, behold, betrayer, blab, blabber, blabberer, blabbermouth, bug, case, catch sight of, clap eyes on, cloak-and-dagger operative, counterintelligence agent, counterspy, delator, descry, detect, detective, dig out, discern, discover, distinguish, double agent, espionage agent, espy, eye, eyeball, ferret out, fink, fish out, follow, gaze at, glimpse, grub up, have a looksee, have in sight, hold in view, hunt out, identify, informer, inside man, intelligence agent, investigator, keep in sight, keep in view, keep under observation, ken, lay eyes on, look after, look at, look on, look upon, make a reconnaissance, make out, meddle, military-intelligence man, narc, naval-intelligence man, nose, notice, observe, operative, peacher, peek, peep, perceive, pick out, pick up, play the spy, pry, pry out, put under surveillance, recognize, reconnoiter, reconnoiterer, regard, root out, scout, scout out, search out, secret agent, see, sense, sight, sleuth, snitch, snitcher, snoop, spook, spot, spotter, spy out, spy upon, spy-catcher, squealer, stag, stake out, stool pigeon, stoolie, take in, talebearer, tattler, tattletale, telltale, twig, undercover man, view, watch, whistle-blower, witness


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