espy

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

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espy (third-person singular simple present espies, present participle espying, simple past and past participle espied)

  1. (transitive) 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.
  2. (transitive) To inspect narrowly; to examine and keep watch upon; to watch; to observe.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      He sends angels to espy us in all our ways.
  3. (intransitive) To look or search narrowly; to look about; to watch; to take notice; to spy.
    • Bible, Jer. xlviii. 19
      Stand by the way, and espy.

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