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Definition 1: (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for spy in the sense of this definition

(spy is a kind of ...) a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

(... is a kind of spy ) a spy who works against enemy espionage

(... is a kind of spy ) a spy who works for two mutually antagonistic countries

(... is a kind of spy ) someone employed to spy on another country or business competitor

(... is a kind of spy ) a spy for a foreign country

(... is a kind of spy ) someone who takes up a position surreptitiously for the purpose of espionage

(... is a kind of spy ) a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal

(... is an instance of spy) Dutch dancer who was executed by the French as a German spy in World War I (1876-1917)

(spy belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 2: a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people - [noun denoting person]

Samples where spy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my spies tell me that you had a good time last night

(spy is a kind of ...) a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)

"the spectators applauded the performance" "television viewers" "sky watchers discovered a new star"

(... is a kind of spy ) a spy who makes uninvited inquiries into the private affairs of others

(... is a kind of spy ) a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

Definition 3: secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage - [verb of communication]

Samples where spy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • spy for the Russians

(spy is a kind of ...) conduct an inquiry or investigation of

"The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities" "inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady"

Definition 4: watch, observe, or inquire secretly - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for spy in the sense of this definition

(spy is a kind of ...) keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance

"we are monitoring the air quality" "the police monitor the suspect's moves"

(spy implies ...) conduct an inquiry or investigation of

"The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities" "inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady"

Definition 5: catch sight of - [verb of perception]

Synonyms for spy in the sense of this definition

(spy is a kind of ...) catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes

"he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"

Definition 6: catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes - [verb of perception]

Samples where spy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge

Synonyms for spy in the sense of this definition

(spy is a kind of ...) to become aware of through the senses

"I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

(... is a kind of spy ) catch sight of

(... is a kind of spy ) discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

"She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water" "We found traces of lead in the paint"

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