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spy

noun [C] uk   /spaɪ/ us  
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   /spaɪ/ us  

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 Korean 스파이, 간첩…
in Arabic جاسوس…
in French espion/-onne…
in Turkish casus…
in Italian spia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 間諜,密探…
in Russian шпион…
in Polish szpieg…
in Spanish agente secreto…
in Portuguese espião, espiã…
in German der/die Spion(in)…
in Catalan espia…
in Japanese スパイ, 諜(ちょう)報員…
in Chinese (Simplified) 间谍,密探…
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