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spy

noun (n)

  • (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • One who keeps a constant watch of the conduct of others. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • catch sight of (verb.perception)
    Synonym: descry, espy, spot
    source: wordnet30
  • watch, observe, or inquire secretly (verb.communication)
    Synonym: sleuth, snoop, stag
    source: wordnet30
  • catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes (verb.perception)
    Synonym: sight
    source: wordnet30
  • secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage (verb.communication)
    Example:
    Spy for the Russians.
    source: wordnet30
  • To gain sight of; to discover at a distance, or in a state of concealment; to espy; to see. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To search narrowly; to scrutinize. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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