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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.]
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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]
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v.t. -pied, -py•ing.
to see at a distance; catch sight of.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French espier « Germanic; see espionage]
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Past participle: espied
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verb catch sight of, see, discover, spot, notice, sight, observe, spy, perceive, detect, glimpse, make out, discern, behold, catch a glimpse of, descry She espied him in the far distance.
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espy[ɪsˈpaɪ] VT (liter) → divisar
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espy[ɪˈspaɪ] vt (old) → notare
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