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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. spyverb

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

    miss, overlook, misexplore, misobserve

  2. spynoun

    emissary, detective, scout

    sentinel, watchman, warder, patrol

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spy, undercover agentnoun

    (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. spyverb

    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, spyverb

    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, sleuthverb

    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, sightverb

    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. spyverb

    secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage

    "spy for the Russians"

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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. spynoun

    scout, emissary (in disguise), secret agent

  2. spyverb

    see, behold, discern, espy

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. spynoun

    scout, emissary (disguised)

  2. spyverb

    espy, see

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  1. Jim Ross:

    Honestly, I don't lose sleep anymore about the big swings in outflows in SPY, there is not a competitor of mine in the ETF space who wouldn't want SPY in their business.

  2. Bob Corker:

    Senator, I just disagree mostly with just about everything you just said there. You somehow disconnect the administration's activities from the President's actions. They are one in the same. Every sanction that was put in place was signed off by the President of the United States, every spy that was removed was directed by the President.

  3. Ileana Adriana Stan:

    A real spy is an ethical believer in an incorporeal and ethical Deity.

  4. Fox News:

    Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo, the Pueblo fell through the cracks of history because it became a sideshow to everything that happened.

  5. Bill Burns:

    We will probably never know the truth, because The Chinese don't know the truth, and it will be difficult for Bill Burns intelligence to figure it out if The Chinese never do, the Chinese have NO interest in learning the truth, so The Chinese's hard to spy on them and find out what the truth is.

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