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Definition of espy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

espy

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//eˈspaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eˈspaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they espy
BrE BrE//eˈspaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eˈspaɪ//
 
he / she / it espies
BrE BrE//eˈspaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eˈspaɪz//
 
past simple espied
BrE BrE//eˈspaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eˈspaɪd//
 
past participle espied
BrE BrE//eˈspaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eˈspaɪd//
 
-ing form espying
BrE BrE//eˈspaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//eˈspaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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espy somebody/something (literary) to see somebody/something suddenly synonym sight (2), spy Word Origin Middle English: from Old French espier, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Dutch spieden and German spähan. Compare with spy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: espy