spy
I. verb (spied; spying) Etymology: 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 Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to watch secretly usually for hostile purposes 2. to catch sight of ; see 3. to search or look for intensively — usually used with out <
spy out places fit for vending…goods — S. E. Morison
>
intransitive verb 1. to observe or search for something ; look 2. to watch secretly as a spy II. noun (plural spies) Date: 13th century 1. one that spies: a. one who keeps secret watch on a person or thing to obtain information b. 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. an act of spying

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