espy

verb es·py \ i-ˈspī \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of espy

espied; espying
transitive verb
: to catch sight of
  • among the several horses … she espied the white mustang
  • —Zane Grey

Examples of espy in a Sentence

  1. out of the corner of my eye I espied the squirrel making another raid on the bird feeder

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Origin and Etymology of espy

Middle English espien, from Anglo-French espier — more at spy


ESPY Defined for English Language Learners

espy

verb

Definition of espy for English Language Learners

  • : to see or notice (someone or something)


ESPY Defined for Kids

espy

verb es·py \ i-ˈspī \

Definition of espy for Students

espied; espying
: to catch sight of

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