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English noun: spy

1. spy (person) (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors

Synonymsundercover agent

Broader (hypernym)intelligence agent, intelligence officer, operative, secret agent

Narrower (hyponym)counterspy, double agent, espionage agent, foreign agent, infiltrator, mole, sleeper

Instance hyponymMargarete Gertrud Zelle, Mata Hari

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. spy (person) a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people

SamplesMy spies tell me that you had a good time last night.

Broader (hypernym)looker, spectator, viewer, watcher, witness

Narrower (hyponym)shadow, shadower, snoop, snooper, tail

English verb: spy

1. spy (perception) catch sight of

Synonymsdescry, espy, spot

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)sight, spy

2. spy (communication) watch, observe, or inquire secretly

Synonymssleuth, snoop, stag

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)monitor, supervise

Entailenquire, inquire, investigate

3. spy (perception) catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes

SamplesHe caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Narrower (hyponym)descry, detect, discover, espy, find, notice, observe, spot, spy

4. spy (communication) secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage

SamplesSpy for the Russians.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)enquire, inquire, investigate

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