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spy

noun [C] uk   us   /spaɪ/
B1 (US also spook) a person who secretly collects and reports information about the activities of another country or organization
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spy

verb uk   us   /spaɪ/

spy verb (FIND SECRETS)

C1 [I] to secretly collect and report information about the activities of another country or organization: He was arrested for spying on missile sites.spy out informal to get knowledge secretly, especially of a place: I generally like to spy out restaurants before I go to eat in them.

spy verb (SEE)

[T] old-fashioned or humorous to see or notice someone or something usually when it involves looking hard: I think I've just spied Andrew in the crowd.
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Translations of “spy”
in Arabic جاسوس…
in Korean 스파이, 간첩…
in Malaysian perisik…
in French espion/-onne…
in Turkish casus…
in Italian spia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 間諜,密探…
in Russian шпион…
in Polish szpieg…
in Vietnamese điệp viên…
in Spanish agente secreto…
in Portuguese espião, espiã…
in Thai นักสืบ…
in German der/die Spion(in)…
in Catalan espia…
in Japanese スパイ, 諜(ちょう)報員…
in Indonesian agen rahasia, mata-mata…
in Chinese (Simplified) 间谍,密探…
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