Spy - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spaɪ|  American pronunciation of the word spy
Brit.  |ˈspaɪ|  British pronunciation of the word spy


- (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
- a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people


- catch sight of (syn: descry, espy, spot)
- watch, observe, or inquire secretly (syn: sleuth, snoop, stag)
- catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes (syn: sight)
- secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage


They were accused of spying for a foreign government.

...I spy a motel off in the distance, so let's spend the night there....

He was a spy for the CIA.

My coworker is a spy for the boss.

He spied for the United States.

He was charged with spying on British military bases.

He confessed to spying for North Korea.

Ellen suddenly spied her friend in the crowd.

How much did you pay the man to spy on your husband?

What right have you to spy into my affairs?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spy
he/she/it: spies
present participle: spying
past tense: spied
past participle: spied
singular: spy
plural: spies
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