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spy

 (spī)
n. pl. spies (spīz)
1. One who secretly collects information concerning the enemies of a government or group.
2. One who secretly collects information for a business about one or more of its competitors.
3. One who secretly keeps watch on another or others.
v. spied (spīd), spy·ing, spies (spīz)
v.tr.
1. To watch or observe secretly: was sent to spy out the enemy camp.
2. To discover by close observation: "[They] are continually prowling about on all three decks, eager to spy out iniquities" (Herman Melville).
3. To catch sight of; see: spied the ship on the horizon.
v.intr.
1. To engage in espionage.
2. To investigate or observe something, especially in secret: spying into the neighbor's activities.

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

spy

(spaɪ)
n, pl spies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person employed by a state or institution to obtain secret information from rival countries, organizations, companies, etc
2. a person who keeps secret watch on others
3. obsolete a close view
vb, spies, spying or spied
4. (usually foll by: on) to keep a secret or furtive watch (on)
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (intr) to engage in espionage
6. (tr) to catch sight of; descry
[C13 spien, from Old French espier, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German spehōn, Middle Dutch spien]

spy

(spaɪ)

n., pl. spies, n.
1. a person employed by a government to obtain secret information or intelligence about another, usu. hostile, country.
2. a person who keeps close and secret watch on the actions and words of another or others.
3. the act of spying.
v.i.
4. to observe secretively, usu. with hostile intent (often fol. by on or upon).
5. to act as a spy; engage in espionage.
6. to search for or examine something closely or carefully.
v.t.
7. to catch sight of; espy: to spy a rare bird.
8. to discover by observation (often fol. by out).
9. to observe secretively, usu. with hostile intent.
10. to search or look for closely or carefully.
[1200–50; (v.) Middle English spien, aph. variant of espien to espy; (n.) Middle English, aph. variant of espy a spy < Old French espie]

spy


Past participle: spied
Gerund: spying

Imperative
spy
spy
Present
I spy
you spy
he/she/it spies
we spy
you spy
they spy
Preterite
I spied
you spied
he/she/it spied
we spied
you spied
they spied
Present Continuous
I am spying
you are spying
he/she/it is spying
we are spying
you are spying
they are spying
Present Perfect
I have spied
you have spied
he/she/it has spied
we have spied
you have spied
they have spied
Past Continuous
I was spying
you were spying
he/she/it was spying
we were spying
you were spying
they were spying
Past Perfect
I had spied
you had spied
he/she/it had spied
we had spied
you had spied
they had spied
Future
I will spy
you will spy
he/she/it will spy
we will spy
you will spy
they will spy
Future Perfect
I will have spied
you will have spied
he/she/it will have spied
we will have spied
you will have spied
they will have spied
Future Continuous
I will be spying
you will be spying
he/she/it will be spying
we will be spying
you will be spying
they will be spying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been spying
you have been spying
he/she/it has been spying
we have been spying
you have been spying
they have been spying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been spying
you will have been spying
he/she/it will have been spying
we will have been spying
you will have been spying
they will have been spying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been spying
you had been spying
he/she/it had been spying
we had been spying
you had been spying
they had been spying
Conditional
I would spy
you would spy
he/she/it would spy
we would spy
you would spy
they would spy
Past Conditional
I would have spied
you would have spied
he/she/it would have spied
we would have spied
you would have spied
they would have spied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spy - (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitorsspy - (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
counterspy, mole - a spy who works against enemy espionage
double agent - a spy who works for two mutually antagonistic countries
espionage agent - someone employed to spy on another country or business competitor
foreign agent - a spy for a foreign country
infiltrator - someone who takes up a position surreptitiously for the purpose of espionage
intelligence agent, intelligence officer, operative, secret agent - a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
sleeper - a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal
2.spy - a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people; "my spies tell me that you had a good time last night"
snoop, snooper - a spy who makes uninvited inquiries into the private affairs of others
looker, spectator, viewer, watcher, witness - a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind); "the spectators applauded the performance"; "television viewers"; "sky watchers discovered a new star"
shadower, tail, shadow - a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
Verb1.spy - 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"
2.spy - watch, observe, or inquire secretly
monitor, supervise - keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance; "we are monitoring the air quality"; "the police monitor the suspect's moves"
3.spy - catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"
perceive, comprehend - to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
descry, espy, spot, spy - catch sight of
detect, discover, notice, observe, find - discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"
4.spy - secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage; "spy for the Russians"
enquire, investigate, inquire - conduct an inquiry or investigation of; "The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities"; "inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady"

spy

noun
1. undercover agent, secret agent, double agent, secret service agent, foreign agent, mole, fifth columnist, nark (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang) He was jailed for five years as an alleged British spy.
verb
1. be a spy, snoop (informal), gather intelligence, be engaged in spying, work for the secret service I never agreed to spy for the United States.
2. (usually with on) watch, follow, shadow, tail (informal), trail, keep watch on, keep under surveillance He had his wife spied on for evidence in a divorce case.
3. catch sight of, see, spot, notice, sight, observe, glimpse, behold (archaic or literary), set eyes on, espy, descry He was walking down the street when he spied an old freind.

spy

noun
A person who secretly observes others to obtain information:
Informal: spook.
Idiom: secret agent.
verb
1. To observe or listen in secret to obtain information:
2. To perceive, especially barely or fleetingly:
Translations
جاسوسجَاسُوسيَتَجَسَّسُيَتَجَسَّسيُلاحِظ
špiónvyzvědač-kaprovádět špionážspatřit
spionspionerefå øje på
vakoillavakoojavakoilija
uhoditišpijunšpijuniratišpijunkauhoda
kémkedikspionkém
koma auga ánjósnanjósnari
スパイ見張る
몰래 감시하다스파이
šnipasšnipinėti
ievērotsaskatītspiegotspiegs
robiť špionáž
vohunvohunitivohunski
spionspionera
นักสืบสืบ
casuscasusluk etmekcasusluk yapmakfarketmekgözüne ilişmek
gián điệptheo dõi

spy

[spaɪ]
A. Nespía mf
B. VT (= catch sight of) → divisar
finally I spied him comingpor fin pude verlo viniendo
to play I spyjugar al veo-veo
I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with Aveo, veo una cosa que empieza con A
C. VIespiar, ser espía
to spy on sbespiar a algn, observar a algn clandestinamente
he spied for the USAfue espía al servicio de los EE.UU.
D. CPD spy plane Navión m espía
spy ring Nred f de espionaje
spy satellite Nsatélite m espía
spy ship Nbuque m espía
spy story Nnovela f de espionaje
spy out VT + ADVhacer un reconocimiento de
to spy out the landreconocer el terreno

spy

[ˈspaɪ]
nespion(ne) m/f
modif [film, movie, story, novel, drama] → d'espionnage; [camera] → d'espionnage, d'espion; [network] → d'espions
vifaire de l'espionnage
vt (= see) → apercevoir
spy on
vt fusespionner

spy

nSpion(in) m(f); (= police spy)Spitzel m; spy in the cab (inf: = tachograph) → Fahrtenschreiber m
vtsehen, erspähen (geh); finally I spied him comingendlich sah ich ihn kommen; I spy with my little eye something …˜ ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst, und …
vispionieren, Spionage treiben; to spy into somethingin etw (dat)herumspionieren; to spy on somebodyjdn bespitzeln; on neighboursjdm nachspionieren; I Spy (= game)˜ ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst

spy

:
spy case
nSpionagefall m
spycatcher
n (inf)Geheimdienstler(in) m(f) (inf)
spy film
nAgentenfilm m
spy glass
nFernglas nt
spy hole
nGuckloch nt, → Spion m
spy master
nChefagent m, → Agentenführer m
spy movie
n (esp US) → Agentenfilm m
spy plane
nSpionageflugzeug nt
spy ring
nSpionagering m, → Agentenring m
spy satellite
spy story
nSpionagegeschichte f

spy

[spaɪ]
1. nspia
police spy → informatore/trice (della polizia)
2. vt (catch sight of) → scorgere
3. vispiare
to spy on sb → spiare qn
4. adj (film, story) → di spionaggio
spy out vt + adv to spy out the land (fig) → tastare il terreno

spy

(spai) noun
a secret agent or person employed to gather information secretly especially about the military affairs of other countries. She was arrested as a spy; industrial spies.
verb
1. to be a spy. He had been spying for the Russians for many years.
2. to see or notice. She spied a human figure on the mountainside.
ˈspyhole noun
a peep-hole.
spy on
to watch (a person etc) secretly. The police had been spying on the gang for several months.

spy

جَاسُوس, يَتَجَسَّسُ špehovat, špion spion, spionere Spion, spionieren κατασκοπεύω, κατάσκοπος espía, espiar vakoilla, vakooja espion, espionner špijun, uhoditi spia, spiare スパイ, 見張る 몰래 감시하다, 스파이 spion, spioneren spion, spionere szpieg, szpiegować espião, espiar, espionar шпион, шпионить spion, spionera นักสืบ, สืบ casus, casusluk etmek gián điệp, theo dõi 密探, 间谍
References in classic literature ?
The enemy's spies who have come to spy on us must be sought out, tempted with bribes, led away and comfortably housed.
The Duke, however stimulated, had the instincts of an aristocrat, and desired rather to stare at the house than to spy on it; but Flambeau, who had the instincts of a burglar (and a detective), had already swung himself from the wall into the fork of a straggling tree from which he could crawl quite close to the only illuminated window in the back of the high dark house.
I'm sure of him where he is, whenever I want him for my own purposes, and, besides, he's a good unconscious spy on Brass, and tells, in his cups, all that he sees and hears.