transitive verb-·pied′, -·py′ing
to catch sight of; make out; spy; descry
Origin of espyMiddle English espien from Old French espier: see spy
transitive verbes·pied, es·py·ing, es·pies
To catch sight of (something that is distant, partially hidden, or obscure); glimpse. See Synonyms at see1.
Origin of espyMiddle English espien from Old French espier to watch of Germanic origin ; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present espies, present participle espying, simple past and past participle espied)
- To catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; to discover, as a distant object partly concealed, or not obvious to notice; to see at a glance; to discern unexpectedly; to spy; as, to espy land; to espy a man in a crowd.
- To inspect narrowly; to examine and keep watch upon; to watch; to observe.
- (intransitive) To look or search narrowly; to look about; to watch; to take notice; to spy.