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es·py

 (ĭ-spī′)
tr.v. es·pied, es·py·ing, es·pies
To catch sight of (something that is distant, partially hidden, or obscure); glimpse. See Synonyms at see1.

[Middle English espien, from Old French espier, to watch, of Germanic origin; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

espy

(ɪˈspaɪ)
vb, -pies, -pying or -pied
(tr) to catch sight of or perceive (something distant or previously unnoticed); detect: to espy a ship on the horizon.
[C14: from Old French espier to spy, of Germanic origin]
esˈpier n

es•py

(ɪˈspaɪ)

v.t. -pied, -py•ing.
to see at a distance; catch sight of.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French espier « Germanic; see espionage]

espy


Past participle: espied
Gerund: espying

Imperative
espy
espy
Present
I espy
you espy
he/she/it espies
we espy
you espy
they espy
Preterite
I espied
you espied
he/she/it espied
we espied
you espied
they espied
Present Continuous
I am espying
you are espying
he/she/it is espying
we are espying
you are espying
they are espying
Present Perfect
I have espied
you have espied
he/she/it has espied
we have espied
you have espied
they have espied
Past Continuous
I was espying
you were espying
he/she/it was espying
we were espying
you were espying
they were espying
Past Perfect
I had espied
you had espied
he/she/it had espied
we had espied
you had espied
they had espied
Future
I will espy
you will espy
he/she/it will espy
we will espy
you will espy
they will espy
Future Perfect
I will have espied
you will have espied
he/she/it will have espied
we will have espied
you will have espied
they will have espied
Future Continuous
I will be espying
you will be espying
he/she/it will be espying
we will be espying
you will be espying
they will be espying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been espying
you have been espying
he/she/it has been espying
we have been espying
you have been espying
they have been espying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been espying
you will have been espying
he/she/it will have been espying
we will have been espying
you will have been espying
they will have been espying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been espying
you had been espying
he/she/it had been espying
we had been espying
you had been espying
they had been espying
Conditional
I would espy
you would espy
he/she/it would espy
we would espy
you would espy
they would espy
Past Conditional
I would have espied
you would have espied
he/she/it would have espied
we would have espied
you would have espied
they would have espied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.espy - catch sight of
sight, spy - catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"

espy

espy

verb
To perceive, especially barely or fleetingly:
Translations

espy

[ɪsˈpaɪ] VT (liter) → divisar

espy

vt (old, liter)erspähen, erblicken

espy

[ɪˈspaɪ] vt (old) → notare
References in classic literature ?
Then would the tears stand in poor Hepzibah's eyes, or overflow them with a too abundant gush, so that she was fain to betake herself into some corner, lest Clifford should espy her agitation.
I espy him,'' said De Bracy; ``I see the waving of a knight's crest, and the gleam of his armour.
On the tenth day, she chanced to espy the mouth of a cavern within which (though it was bright noon everywhere else) there would have been only a dusky twilight; but it so happened that a torch was burning there.
At least there were high dames well known to her, and wives of honored husbands, and widows, a great multitude, and ancient maidens, all of excellent repute, and fair young girls, who trembled lest their mothers should espy them.
We have violated law upon law until we stand amidst ruins, and when by chance we espy a coincidence between reason and the phenomena, we are surprised.
We know there the quantity of milk our neighbour takes and espy the joint or the fowls which are going in for his dinner.
com)-- Terry Espy, President of Momentum group, a commercial real estate brokerage and development firm, today announced the lease of 5 South Water Street, Wilmington, NC, a 4,584 sf restaurant best known as the Water Street Restaurant and most recently Delphina Dos.
Espy recently left the UO to become senior vice president for research at the University of Arizona.
Though all hold differing views with Clinton politically, they are unanimous in their belief that Schaffer got a bum deal and was wrongly sentenced to prison for trying to illegally influence Clinton's former agriculture secretary, Mike Espy.
Jack Shepherd (television's Wycliffe) delivers a superb performance as the doubting clergyman, the Rev Lionel Espy.
Espy was convinced they were right, so he proposed to test the theory, even suggesting he be paid only if the experiment worked.
It centres on Rev Lionel Espy, played by Jack Shepherd, whom most people will instantly recognise as TV detective Wycliffe.