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Synonyms for spy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spy, undercover agent(noun)

    (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors

    undercover agent

  2. spy(verb)

    a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people

    "my spies tell me that you had a good time last night"

    undercover agent

  3. descry, spot, espy, spy(verb)

    catch sight of

    blob, blemish, snoop, recognize, stag, sight, descry, fleck, espy, pick out, sleuth, recognise, distinguish, tell apart, make out, blot, discern, spot

  4. spy, stag, snoop, sleuth(verb)

    watch, observe, or inquire secretly

    snoop, give away, shit, stag, sight, shop, betray, espy, sleuth, rat, snitch, denounce, tell on, grass, spot, descry

  5. spy, sight(verb)

    catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes

    "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"

    spot, stag, sight, descry, sleuth, espy, snoop

  6. spy(verb)

    secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage

    "spy for the Russians"

    spot, espy, snoop, stag, sight, sleuth, descry

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. spy

    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.

    detective, emissary, scout

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. spy(v)

    see, espy, discern, discover, explore, view, inspect

    miss, overlook, misexplore, misobserve

  2. spy(n)

    emissary, detective, scout

    sentinel, watchman, warder, patrol

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. spy(n.)

    scout, emissary (in disguise), secret agent

  2. spy(v. a.)

    see, behold, discern, espy

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. spy(n)

    scout, emissary (disguised)

  2. spy(v)

    espy, see

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How to use spy in a sentence?

  1. Manzoor Ahmed:

    He was working for Afghan spy agency National Directorate of Security (NDS).

  2. Marcus Aelius Aurelius:

    A good man does not spy around for the black spots in others, but presses unswervingly on towards his mark.

  3. Dan Gainor:

    Media Research Center's easy to forget now, but Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier were among the first black actors who gained widespread acceptance, to many, he's still Alexander Scott from ‘ I Spy ’, Dr. Cliff Huxtable or the voice of Fat Albert. These charges will follow him to the grave, but that doesn't mean people won't watch him.

  4. Rachel Weisz:

    I've never played at anyone who's been trained as a spy, i don't believe I've ever played a spy.

  5. Daniel Markuson:

    And it will not protect you from being monitored by your ISP, marketers, and even the government if they decide to spy on you, we believe that the question should be...about Google’s ability and willingness to provide people with tools to actually rule over their privacy. With Google all around us, it is next to impossible for anyone to figure out which Chrome browser, Google account or Android phone privacy settings one needs to tinker [with] to achieve [that] goal.

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    An antonym for "pesky"
    • A. agreeable
    • B. pestilent
    • C. pettish
    • D. plaguey

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