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The act or process of learning secret information through clandestine means
“A ten-year sentence for spying.”
Intrusion into the personal life of another
Marked by curiosity or fascination
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Present participle for to keep a secret watch on someone
“The chips transmit signals and civil liberties groups fear the technology could eventually be used to spy on consumers.”
Present participle for to search around, or look out, for something
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“I walked down to the hillock by the roadside that particular Sunday after tea, to admire the view and to spy for possible deer.”
Present participle for to notice, especially by careful observation
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“I strongly recommend you pick up the book to read should you spy a copy on someone's bookshelf.”
Present participle for to secretly listen in on the conversations of others
“Why spy on their conversation? Or was it an accident? Had he simply been gardening and accidentally overheard them?”
Present participle for to work or carry out activities as a spy
“Sights like that were rare, even in his profession, but made putting his life on the line to spy for his country even more worthwhile.”
Present participle for to look or stare at someone or something, especially intently
Present participle for look quickly or furtively
Present participle for to investigate or snoop around in someone else's business
Present participle for investigate or look around furtively in an attempt to find out something, especially information about someone's private affairs
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