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spy

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verb \ˈspī\

Simple Definition of spy

  • : to try secretly to get information about a country, organization, etc. : to act as a spy

  • : to see or notice (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spy

spied

spying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to watch secretly usually for hostile purposes

  3. 2 :  to catch sight of :  see

  4. 3 :  to search or look for intensively —usually used with out <spy out places fit for vending…goods — S. E. Morison>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to observe or search for something :  look

  7. 2 :  to watch secretly as a spy

Examples of spy in a sentence

  1. They were accused of spying for a foreign government.

  2. <I spy a motel off in the distance, so let's spend the night there.>



Origin and Etymology of spy

Middle English spien, from Anglo-French espier, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German spehōn to spy; akin to Latin specere to look, look at, Greek skeptesthai & skopein to watch, look at, consider


First Known Use: 13th century


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spy

noun

Simple Definition of spy

  • : a person who tries secretly to get information about a country or organization for another country or organization

  • : someone who secretly watches the movement or actions of other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spy

plural

spies

  1. 1 :  one that spies:a :  one who keeps secret watch on a person or thing to obtain informationb :  a person employed by one nation to secretly convey classified information of strategic importance to another nation; also :  a person who conveys the trade secrets of one company to another

  2. 2 :  an act of spying

Examples of spy in a sentence

  1. He was a spy for the CIA.

  2. My coworker is a spy for the boss.



13th Century

First Known Use of spy

13th century

Rhymes with spy



SPY Defined for Kids

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spy

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verb \ˈspī\

Definition of spy for Students

spied

spying

  1. 1 :  to watch secretly <Agents spied on the enemy.>

  2. 2 :  to catch sight of :  see <He circled the city once, looking for a music store. Suddenly he spied one. — E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan>




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spy

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noun

Definition of spy for Students

plural

spies

  1. 1 :  a person who watches the movement or actions of others especially in secret

  2. 2 :  a person who tries secretly to get information especially about a country or organization for another country or organization





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