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Synonyms for spying

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spying(noun)

    keeping a secret or furtive watch

    espial, spotting, catching, undercover work, detection

  2. spying, undercover work(noun)

    the act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes

    espial, spotting, catching, undercover work, detection

  3. detection, catching, espial, spying, spotting(noun)

    the act of detecting something; catching sight of something

    detective work, staining, sleuthing, sensing, detecting, detection, signal detection, catching, espial, maculation, undercover work, spotting, contracting

Editors Contribution

  1. surveiling

    a synonym for surveil is to keep an eye on. that phrase infers that it is for information gathering in a covert manner. spying has the connotation of covert information gathering.

    Submitted by Artemis on April 12, 2019  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. spying(n)

    espionage, espial

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "spying":

    espionage, spy

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  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Trickery steps for spying or observing others for whatever reasons mean one exposes and verifies itself as untrustworthy and disloyal.

  2. Julia Sass Rubin:

    These revelations speak to the general lack of transparency around the PARCC tests, the lack of an open, deliberative process, and the exclusion of parents and other community members from any decision-making, we need hearings on this immediately, to understand fully the level of spying on our children that is being done by Pearson and other corporations, and the level of coordination between Pearson and the NJDOE. We encourage the NJDOE to suspend the May testing round until those questions can be addressed.

  3. The Privacy International report:

    Pakistan's intelligence agencies have abused their communications surveillance powers, including by spying on opposition politicians and Supreme Court judges. Widespread Internet monitoring and censorship has also been used to target journalists, lawyers and activists.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    Making changes to their board and a fine won't stop them from spying and stealing from us. But this is too important to be over. We will begin working on veto-proof congressional action.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I want to meet not only my accuser, who presented SECOND THIRD HAND INFORMATION, but also the person who illegally gave this information, which was largely incorrect, to the' Whistleblower,' was this person SPYING on The President ? Big Consequences !


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