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spying

  

      n   espionage, secret service  
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spy

  
  ( spies    plural & 3rd person present)   ( spying          present participle)   ( spied    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A spy is a person whose job is to find out secret information about another country or organization.  
He was jailed for five years as an alleged British spy...     
2       adj   A spy satellite or spy plane obtains secret information about another country by taking photographs from the sky.  
ADJ n  
3       verb   Someone who spiesfor a country or organization tries to find out secret information about another country or organization.  
The agent spied for East Germany for more than twenty years...      V for n  
East and West are still spying on one another...      V on n  
I never agreed to spy against the United States.      V against n  
   spying             n-uncount  
...a ten-year sentence for spying.     
4       verb   If you spy on someone, you watch them secretly.  
That day he spied on her while pretending to work on the shrubs...      V on n  
5       verb   If you spy someone or something, you notice them.  
LITERARY  
(=spot)  

He was walking down the street when he spied an old friend.      V n  

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