Meaning of “espionage” in the English Dictionary

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"espionage" in American English

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espionagenoun [ U ]

us /ˈes·pi·əˌnɑʒ/

the discovering of a country’s or business organization’s secrets by using spies (= people who secretly gather information within a country or organization):

industrial espionage

(Definition of “espionage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"espionage" in Business English

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espionagenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈespiənɑːʒ/ us

the activity of secretly collecting and reporting information, especially secret political, military, business, or industrial information:

engage in/conduct/commit espionage Three people were also accused of engaging in espionage against a rival firm.

(Definition of “espionage” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)