Definition for SPY

SPY, v.t.

  1. To see; to gain sight of; to discover at a distance, or in a state of concealment. It is the same as espy as, to spy land from the mast-head of a ship. As tiger spied two gentle fawns. – Milton. One in reading skipped over all sentences where he spied a note of admiration. – Swift.
  2. To discover by close search or examination; as, a lawyer in examining the pleadings in a case, spies a defect.
  3. To explore; to view, inspect and examine secretly; as country; usually with out. Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took the villages thereof. – Num. xxi.

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