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  Definition of spy
  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
  2. a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people; "my spies tell me that you had a good time last night"
  3. secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage; "spy for the Russians"
  4. watch, observe, or inquire secretly
  5. catch sight of
Similar Words: undercover agent, stag, snoop, sleuth, descry, spot, espy

 

Hyponyms: counterspy, mole, double agent, espionage agent, foreign agent, infiltrator, sleeper, Mata Hari, Margarete Gertrud Zelle, snoop, snooper, tail, shadow, shadower

 

Entailments: investigate, inquire, enquire

 

Derivational Morphology: stag, snoop, sleuth, undercover agent, spying, undercover work, detection, detecting, detective work, sleuthing, sleuthhound, snooper, catching, espial, spotting, lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout, picket, finder, discoverer

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 間諜 and 暗中偵察   Dutch: spion and spioneren  
Estonian: spioon   Finnish: vakoilla and vakooja  
French: espion and espionner   German: ausspionieren and Spion  
Greek: κατάσκοπος and κατασκοπεύσει   Hungarian: kém and kémkedik  
Icelandic: njósna and njósnari   Italian: spia and spiare  
Japanese: 間諜   Korean: 간첩  
Kurdish: sîxur   Portuguese: espiar and espião  
Russian: агент and шпионить   Spanish: espía and espiar  
Swedish: spion and spionera   Telugu: వేగు  
 
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