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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spy  \Spy\,  v.  i. 
  To  search  narrowly;  to  scrutinize. 
 
  It  is  my  nature's  plague  To  spy  into  abuses.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spy  \Spy\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Spied};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Spying}.]  [OE.  spien,  espien,  OF  espier,  F.  ['e]pier,  OHG. 
  speh?n,  G.  sp["a]hen;  akin  to  L.  specere  to  see  Skr.  spa(?). 
  ?  169.  Cf  {Espy},  v.t.,  {Aspect},  {Auspice},  {Circumspect}, 
  {Conspicuouc},  {Despise},  {Frontispiece},  {Inspect}, 
  {Prospect},  {Respite},  {Scope},  {Scecimen},  {Spectacle}, 
  {Specter},  {Speculate},  {Spice},  {Spite},  {Suspicion}.] 
  To  gain  sight  of  to  discover  at  a  distance,  or  in  a  state  of 
  concealment;  to  espy;  to  see 
 
  One  in  reading,  skipped  over  all  sentences  where  he 
  spied  a  note  of  admiration.  --Swift. 
 
  2.  To  discover  by  close  search  or  examination. 
 
  Look  about  with  yout  eyes;  spy  what  things  are  to  be 
  reformed  in  the  church  of  England.  --Latimer. 
 
  3.  To  explore;  to  view;  inspect;  and  examine  secretly,  as  a 
  country;  --  usually  with  out 
 
  Moses  sent  to  spy  Jaazer,  and  they  took  the  villages 
  thereof.  --Num.  xxi. 
  32. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spy  \Spy\,  n.;  pl  {Spies}.  [See  {Spy},  v.,  and  cf  {Espy},  n.] 
  1.  One  who  keeps  a  constant  watch  of  the  conduct  of  others 
  ``These  wretched  spies  of  wit.''  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  (Mil.)  A  person  sent  secretly  into  an  enemy's  camp, 
  territory,  or  fortifications,  to  inspect  his  works 
  ascertain  his  strength,  movements,  or  designs,  and  to 
  communicate  such  intelligence  to  the  proper  officer. 
 
  {Spy  money},  money  paid  to  a  spy;  the  reward  for  private  or 
  secret  intelligence  regarding  the  enemy. 
 
  {Spy  Wednesday}  (Eccl.),  the  Wednesday  immediately  preceding 
  the  festival  of  Easter;  --  so  called  in  allusion  to  the 
  betrayal  of  Christ  by  Judas  Iscariot. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Emissary},  and  {Scout}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  spy 
  n  :  a  secret  agent  hired  by  a  state  to  obtain  (military) 
  information  about  its  enemies  [syn:  {undercover  agent}] 
  v  1:  catch  sight  of  [syn:  {descry},  {spot},  {espy}] 
  2:  watch,  observe,  or  inquire  secretly  [syn:  {stag},  {snoop}] 
  3:  secretly  collect  sensitive  or  classified  information;  engage 
  in  espionage;  "spy  for  the  Russians" 




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