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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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    espionage, spying, spies, hyena, spook, eavesdropping, mole, intelligence

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