HyperDic: spy

English > 6 senses of the word spy:
NOUNperson spy, undercover agent(military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
person spya secret watcher
VERBperceptionspy, descry, spot, espycatch sight of
communicationspy, stag, snoop, sleuthwatch, observe, or inquire secretly
perceptionspy, sightcatch sight of
communicationspysecretly collect sensitive or classified information
spy > pronunciation
Soundsspay'
Rhymesmagpie ... preoccupy: 7 rhymes with pay...
English > spy: 6 senses > noun 1, person
Meaning(military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors.
Synonymundercover agent
Categorymilitary, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machineThe military forces of a nation
InstancesMata Hari, Margarete Gertrud ZelleDutch dancer who was executed by the French as a German spy in World War I (1876-1917)
Narrowercounterspy, moleA spy who works against enemy / enemy espionage
double agentA spy who works for two mutually antagonistic countries
espionage agentsomeone employed to spy on another country or business competitor
foreign agentA spy for a foreign country
infiltratorsomeone who takes up a position surreptitiously for the purpose of espionage
sleeperA spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal
Broadersecret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent, operativeA person secretly employed in espionage for a government
Spanishagente secreto, espia, espía
Catalanagent secret, espia
Verbsspysecretly collect sensitive or classified information
spywatch, observe, or inquire secretly
English > spy: 6 senses > noun 2, person
MeaningA secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people.
Narrowersnoop, snooperA spy who makes uninvited inquiries into the private / private affairs of others
tail, shadow, shadowerA spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
Broaderspectator, witness, viewer, watcher, lookerA close observer
Verbsspysecretly collect sensitive or classified information
spywatch, observe, or inquire secretly
English > spy: 6 senses > verb 1, perception
MeaningCatch sight of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Synonymsdescry, spot, espy
Broaderspy, sightcatch sight of
Spanishacechar, discernir, espiar, ver
Catalanafigurar, aguaitar, albirar, ataüllar, descobrir, espiar, observar, sotjar
Nounsspyingthe act of detecting something
English > spy: 6 senses > verb 2, communication
Meaningwatch, observe, or inquire secretly.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymsstag, snoop, sleuth
Entailsinvestigate, inquire, enquireConduct an inquiry or investigation of
Broadermonitor, supervisekeep tabs on
Spanishespiar, fisgonear
Catalanespiar
Nounsspy(military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
spya secret watcher
spyingkeeping a secret or furtive watch
English > spy: 6 senses > verb 3, perception
Meaningcatch sight of; to perceive with the eyes.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Synonymsight
Narrowerdescry, spot, espy, spyCatch sight of
detect, observe, find, discover, noticeDiscover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
Broaderperceive, comprehendTo become aware of through the senses
Spanishavistar, divisar, ver
Catalanalbirar, ataüllar, divisar
English > spy: 6 senses > verb 4, communication
MeaningSecretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Example"spy for the Russians"
Broaderinvestigate, inquire, enquireConduct an inquiry or investigation of
Spanishespiar
Catalanespiar
Nounsspy(military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
spya secret watcher
spyingthe act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes

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