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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.]

spying

(ˈspaɪɪŋ)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the activity of trying to obtain secret information from rival countries, organizations, companies, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spying - keeping a secret or furtive watchspying - keeping a secret or furtive watch  
vigil, watch - a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
2.spying - the act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposesspying - the act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes
espionage - the systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets
intelligence activity, intelligence operation, intelligence - the operation of gathering information about an enemy
3.spying - the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
discovery, find, uncovering - the act of discovering something

spying

noun espionage, reconnaissance, infiltration, undercover work a ten-year sentence for spying
Translations
špionáž
spionage
vakoilu
špijuniranje
スパイ行為
정탐하기
spionage
การสอดแนม
sự bí mật theo dõi

spying

[ˈspaɪɪŋ] Nespionaje m

spying

[ˈspaɪɪŋ] nespionnage mspying charge naccusation f d'espionnage

spying

[ˈspaɪɪŋ] nspionaggio

spying

تـَجَسُّسَ špionáž spionage Spionieren κατασκοπεία espionaje vakoilu espionnage špijuniranje spionaggio スパイ行為 정탐하기 spioneren spionasje szpiegostwo espionagem шпионаж spionage การสอดแนม casusluk sự bí mật theo dõi 密探
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he cried, opening the hall door, to confront a bald-headed man who stood peering at our hero with bright snapping eyes, like those of some big bird spying out the land from afar.
But it so happened, that those boats, without seeing Pip, suddenly spying whales close to them on one side, turned, and gave chase; and Stubb's boat was now so far away, and he and all his crew so intent upon his fish, that Pip's ringed horizon began to expand around him miserably.
If we are to be prying and spying into all the dismals of life, we should have no heart to anything.
But there's always somebody spying around that gives notice to the governor of the castle.
He had changed back to Roxy's dress, with the stoop of age added to he disguise, so that Wilson would not bother himself about a humble old women leaving a neighbor's house by the back way in the early morning, in case he was still spying.
They resolved to keep a lookout for that Spaniard when he should come to town spying out for chances to do his revengeful job, and follow him to "Number Two," wherever that might be.
I was spying out from under the shade of my hat brim, searching the floor for leather.
She waited until the cold and her fear of being discovered spying forced her to creep upstairs, ashamed of having enjoyed a silly entertainment, and of conniving at a breach of the rules rather than face a fresh quarrel with Agatha.
I realized that I had no excuse for following her and that this way of spying on her was unworthy of me.
That isn't quite the thing, either, to be spying Mr.
They emptied the embers out of the braziers, and heaped much wood upon them to give both light and heat; but Melantho began to rail at Ulysses a second time and said, "Stranger, do you mean to plague us by hanging about the house all night and spying upon the women?
The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties is knowledge of the enemy; and this knowledge can only be derived, in the first instance, from the converted spy.