Espy meaning

ĭ-spī
To catch sight of (something that is distant, partially hidden, or obscure); glimpse.
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To catch sight of; make out; spy; descry.
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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.
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To inspect narrowly; to examine and keep watch upon; to watch; to observe.
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(intransitive) To look or search narrowly; to look about; to watch; to take notice; to spy.
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Origin of espy

  • Middle English espien from Old French espier to watch of Germanic origin spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French espier (French épier). More at spy.

    From Wiktionary