espy definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To get picture of (some thing distant, partly hidden, or obscure); glimpse. See Synonyms at see1.
    • To capture sight of; to view using eyes; to find, as a distant object partially concealed, or not obvious to note; to see immediately; to discern unexpectedly; to spy
    • To examine narrowly; to examine and hold watch upon; to watch; to see or watch.
  • verb:
    • To capture picture of; to view with the eyes; to uncover, as a distant item partially concealed, or perhaps not apparent to see; to see instantly; to discern unexpectedly; to spy; because, to espy land; to espy a man in a crowd.
    • To check narrowly; to examine and hold view upon; to look at; to observe.
    • To look or search narrowly; to appear about; to look at; to get sucked in; to spy.
    • catch sight of
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To look or browse narrowly; to check about; to look at; to take serious notice; to spy.
  • noun:
    • A spy; a scout.
    • A spy; scout; watch.
    • Espial; espionage.
  • others:
    • To see well away; catch sight of or find out well away.
    • To see or discover suddenly, after some energy, or unexpectedly, because accidentally: with regards to some person or part of a degree concealed or meant to be concealed: as, to espy a man in a crowd.
    • To check narrowly; explore and examine; observe and keep watch upon; spy.
    • Synonyms To discern, descry, perceive, get picture of.
    • to appear narrowly; hold view; spy.

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