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"spy" in British English

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spynoun [C]

uk   us   /spaɪ/
B1 (US also spook) a ​person who ​secretlycollects and ​reportsinformation about the ​activities of another ​country or ​organization

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spyverb

uk   us   /spaɪ/
  • spy verb (FIND SECRETS)

C1 [I] to ​secretlycollect and ​reportinformation about the ​activities of another ​country or ​organization: He was ​arrested for spying onmissilesites.spy out informal to get ​knowledgesecretly, ​especially of a ​place: I ​generally like to spy out ​restaurants before I go to ​eat in them.
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(Definition of spy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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spynoun [C]

 us   /spɑɪ/ (slang spook)
  • spy noun [C] (PERSON)

a ​personemployed by a ​country or ​organization to ​secretlygather and ​reportinformation about another ​country or ​organization

spyverb

 us   /spɑɪ/
  • spy verb (SEE)

[T] to ​see or ​notice someone or something: He ​kept on ​theirtrail until he spied firelight from a ​campnestled in the ​rocks.
  • spy verb (GATHER INFORMATION)

[I] to ​secretlygather and ​reportinformation about another ​country or ​organization: Bazoft ​confessed on ​television that he spied for Israel.
(Definition of spy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “spy”
in Korean 스파이, 간첩…
in Arabic جاسوس…
in Malaysian perisik…
in French espion/-onne…
in Russian шпион…
in Chinese (Traditional) 間諜,密探…
in Italian spia…
in Turkish casus…
in Polish szpieg…
in Spanish agente secreto…
in Vietnamese điệp viên…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 间谍,密探…
in Indonesian agen rahasia, mata-mata…
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