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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Espy  \Es*py"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Espied};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Espying}.]  [OF.  espier,  F.  ['e]pier,  from  OHG.  speh?n  to 
  watch,  spy,  G.  sp["a]hen;  akin  to  L.  specere  to  look  species 
  sight,  shape,  appearance,  kind  See  {Spice},  {Spy},  and  cf 
  {Espionage}.] 
  1.  To  catch  sight  of  to  perceive  with  the  eyes;  to  discover, 
  as  a  distant  object  partly  concealed,  or  not  obvious  to 
  notice;  to  see  at  a  glance;  to  discern  unexpectedly;  to 
  spy;  as  to  espy  land;  to  espy  a  man  in  a  crowd. 
 
  As  one  of  them  opened  his  sack  to  give  his  ass 
  provender  in  the  inn,  .  .  .  he  espied  his  money. 
  --Gen.  xlii 
  27. 
 
  A  goodly  vessel  did  I  then  espy  Come  like  a  giant 
  from  a  haven  broad.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  2.  To  inspect  narrowly;  to  examine  and  keep  watch  upon  to 
  watch;  to  observe. 
 
  He  sends  angels  to  espy  us  in  all  our  ways.  --Jer. 
  Taylor. 
 
  Syn:  To  discern;  discover;  detect;  descry;  spy. 




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