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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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This succinct history of spying, as it affects the United States, ranges from the Culper spy ring during the American Revolution to spying operations in the First and Second World War and up to and beyond the Cold War.
In this case, the spoof television series Get Smart and the Austin Powers movie series are both good examples of sending up spying, spy fiction, and our fascination with it.
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