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Synonyms for spying

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spying(noun)

    keeping a secret or furtive watch

    Synonyms:
    espial, spotting, catching, undercover work, detection

  2. spying, undercover work(noun)

    the act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes

    Synonyms:
    espial, spotting, catching, undercover work, detection

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

    the act of detecting something; catching sight of something

    Synonyms:
    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  

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    espionage, spy

How to use spying in a sentence?

  1. Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    Spying among friends is not at all acceptable.

  2. Manish Tewari:

    The encryption policy is a snooping and spying orgy.

  3. William Barr:

    I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.

  4. Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    The range of threats spans cyber-spying and sabotage to cyber war.

  5. Tayyip Erdogan:

    This has nothing to do with press freedom. This is a case of spying.

Words popularity by usage frequency

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#4059detection
#6952contracting
#10584sensing
#11121catching
#14002detecting
#16503spying
#18402spotting
#18622staining
#24012espionage
#100683sleuthing
#281085espial

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