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BNC: 6072 COCA: 4846


1 spy /ˈspaɪ/ noun
plural spies
1 spy
plural spies
Learner's definition of SPY
: a person who tries secretly to get information about a country or organization for another country or organization间谍
often used before another noun常用于另一名词前
: someone who secretly watches the movement or actions of other people密探;暗中监视者
2 spy /ˈspaɪ/ verb
spies; spied; spying
2 spy
spies; spied; spying
Learner's definition of SPY
[no object] : to try secretly to get information about a country, organization, etc. : to act as a spy搜集情报;当间谍
often + on
[+ object] : to see or notice (someone or something)看见;发现

spy on

[phrasal verb]
spy on (someone or something)
: to watch (someone) secretly暗中监视;窥探
see also 2spy 1 (above)

spy out

[phrasal verb]
spy (something) out or spy out (something) : to notice, find, or learn about (something) by looking often in a secret way暗中查明,探明(某事)
spy out the land chiefly British : to find or get more information about a situation secretly and before making a decision(做出决定前)暗中摸清情况
BNC: 6072 COCA: 4846


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spied; spying

transitive verb

: to watch secretly usually for hostile purposes
: to catch sight of : see
: to search or look for intensively
usually used with out
spy out places fit for vending … goods S. E. Morison

intransitive verb

: to observe or search for something : look
: to watch secretly as a spy


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plural spies
: one that spies:
: one who keeps secret watch on a person or thing to obtain information
: a person employed by one nation to secretly convey classified information of strategic importance to another nation
also : a person who conveys the trade secrets of one company to another
: an act of spying

Example Sentences

Verb They were accused of spying for a foreign government. I spy a motel off in the distance, so let's spend the night there. Noun He was a spy for the CIA. My coworker is a spy for the boss.
Recent Examples on the Web
SeaWorld Orlando visitors can now spy the beginnings of the theme park’s next roller coaster. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 14 Sep. 2022 Eagle-eyed viewers will also spy The Rise of Skywalker's Babu Frik as well as a tree full of Kowakian monkey-lizards similar to Return of the Jedi's Salacious B. Crumb. Laura Morgan, EW.com, 10 Sep. 2022 Once ensconced, Wyatt could spy on the Muskie campaign. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 Observant watchers might spy a fast-moving California kingsnake. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2022 Andrii was asked to use his drone to spy on advancing Russian vehicles in Makariv, a village near his own village of Kolonschyna, in the outskirts of Kiev. Michela Moscufo, ABC News, 25 Aug. 2022 Tehran said that the new satellite will be used for scientific purposes, but western officials fear it could be used to spy on targets inside Israel and across the Middle East. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 That could backfire if GOP voters spy a case of unequal and retributive justice. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 The probe was launched after Calcalist, a local business daily, published an explosive report that the police had used Pegasus, a controversial technology developed by Israel's NSO Group, to spy on public figures. Emily Rose, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022
US Air Force pilots who fly U-2 spy planes always keep a $2 bill in their flight suits. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 17 Sep. 2022 Ex-spy Elizabeth receives menacing anonymous texts. Malcolm Forbes, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 The spy drama was universally praised for its writing, characters, and acting. Toby Grey, BGR, 16 Sep. 2022 Undeniable leader of the pack is Elizabeth, former spy and enduring spouse of the charming Stephen, who’s experiencing some dementia but is still able to advance his wife’s inquiries. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 Word of Rhaenyra and Daemon’s dangerous (though unconsummated) liaison quickly travels back to the Red Keep via a child spy in the employ of, of all people, Daemon’s paramour Mysaria. Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone, 11 Sep. 2022 The King's Hand, Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) informed Viserys that a street spy of his saw Daemon and Rhaenyra intertwined at the brothel. Ryan Parker, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2022 Now, with Netflix planning to turn the film into a sprawling spy franchise thanks to a sequel and a spinoff, fans were bursting with enthusiasm to talk about not only the wild action of the movie, but also the future of Netflix as a whole. Carson Burton, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022 Barely out of his teens, Hall became a spy for the Soviet Union, America’s ally at the time. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History



Middle English spien, from Anglo-French espier, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German spehōn to spy; akin to Latin specere to look, look at, Greek skeptesthai & skopein to watch, look at, consider

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spy was in the 13th century
BNC: 6072 COCA: 4846


ADJECTIVE | ... OF SPIES | VERB + SPY | SPY + VERB | SPY + NOUN | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEenemy, foreign, government, industrial敵方/外國/政府/行業間諜suspected疑似間諜top高級間諜Britain's top spy英國的高級間諜British, Soviet, etc.英國、蘇聯等間諜... OF SPIESnetwork間諜網VERB + SPYact as, be, work as當間諜;是密探He denied acting as an enemy spy.他否認自己是敵方間諜。recruit (sb as)招募(某人當)間諜SPY + VERBinfiltrate間諜滲透⋯Soviet spies who had infiltrated the American government滲透進美國政府的蘇聯間諜SPY + NOUNfilm, movie, novel, story, thriller諜戰片;間諜小說;間諜故事;驚險間諜片camera, plane, satellite間諜相機/飛機/衞星network, ring間諜網Counter-intelligence officers uncovered a spy ring involving twenty agents.反情報官員發現了一個涉及 20 名特工的間諜網。agency (especially NAmE) 間諜機構the director of a top American spy agency美國頂級間諜機構負責人chief間諜頭子PREPOSITIONspy for⋯的密探He was a spy for the government.他是政府密探。
BNC: 6072 COCA: 4846
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0_0: Translations of spy
  • # n.
    暗探: detective, secret agent, spy
    諜: intelligence agent, spy
    耳目: information, spy
    姦細: spy
    間諜: agent, emissary, espionage, intelligencer, lurcher, spy
    窺: peep, spy
    密探: secret agent, spy
    探: spy
    特: secret agent, spy
    特務: special duties, special task, secret agent, special agent, spy
    細作: intelligencer, piper, secret agent, spier, spy
    覘: emissary, lurcher, overlooker, spier, spy
    偵探: detective, spy
  • # v.
    刺探: overture, pry, spy
    諜: spy
    間諜: spy
    狙: lie in ambush, spy
    窺: peep, pry, spy
    覷: gaze, look, spy, watch for
    伺: wait, examine, spy, watch
    覘: keep, spy, stag
    偵: detect, investigate, scout, spy

0_0: Definitions of spy
  • # noun.
    - a person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy or competitor.
  • # verb.
    - work for a government or other organization by secretly collecting information about enemies or competitors.
    * he agreed to spy for the West

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