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Spy meaning

spy - 9 dictionary results

  1. 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. 2. To gain sight of; to discover at a distance, or in a state of concealment; to espy; to see.
  3. 3. To discover by close search or examination.
  4. 4. To explore; to view; inspect; and examine secretly, as a country; -- usually with out.
  5. 5. To search narrowly; to scrutinize.
  6. 6. One who keeps a constant watch of the conduct of others.
  7. 7. A person sent secretly into an enemy's camp, territory, or fortifications, to inspect his works, ascertain his strength, movements, or designs, and to communicate such intelligence to the proper officer.
  8. 8. One who secretly inspects an enemy's camp or country; one who watches or pries into the affairs of others. esp. By sharp sight or close observation; to inspect secretly.
  9. 9. To play the spy.

spy - examples of usage

  1. The scout and the spy are both employed to obtain information of the numbers, movements, etc., of an enemy. The scout lurks on the outskirts of the hostile army with such concealment as the case admits of, but without disguise; a spy enters in disguise within the enemy's lines. A scout, if captured, has the rights of a prisoner of war; a spy is held to have forfeited all rights, and is liable, in case of capture, to capital punishment. An emissary is rather political than military; sent rather to secretly influence opponents than to bring information concerning them; so far as he does the latter, he is not only an emissary, but a spy.
  2. It is from his pen that the beautiful resolutions of the Virginia Assembly, approving the administration of Jefferson at its close, proceeded; but then he was not known even as the author of the Letters of the British Spy which, though they had been printed in the Richmond Argus in the early fall, had not been collected into a volume.
  3. But being on his way not far from his inn, he chanced to spy a fine plot of grass under a hedge in a corn field, under which Tom, to save charges, secretly conveyed his mare, tying her to the hedge with a cord, and so left her.
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