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spy

noun agent, detective, emissarius, explorator, informer, intelligence agent, intelligencer, lookout, observer, reconnoiterer, reporter, scout, seeret agent, sleuth, snoop, snooper, source, speculator, undercover agent, undercover man, watcher
Associated concepts: espionage

spy

verb behold, catch sight of, descry, detect, discover, discover by artifice, distinguish, eavesdrop, espy, examine secretely, follow, glimpse, innpect secretely, look at, look for, make a reconnaissance, make out, make secret observations, observe, peep, peer, perceive, pry, recognize, reconnoiter, scrutinize, search out, see, shadow, sight, snoop, speculari, spy upon, take note, trail, view, watch, watch secretely
See also: conspirator, discern, informant, observe, perceive, recognize, watch

SPY. One who goes into a place for the purpose of ascertaining the best way of doing an injury there.
     2. The term is mostly applied to an enemy who comes into the camp for the purpose of ascertaining its situation in order to make an attack upon it. The punishment for, this crime is death. See Articles of War, 1 Story's Laws U. S. 992; Vattel, Droit des Gens. liv. 3, Sec. 179.

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He said the children should take a look at careers advice on the MI5 site if they still wanted to be spies when they were older.
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At first, Michael Spies generously accepted such visitors, but he now is more wary of nurturing competition in the States, where he is hoping to expand his business.
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His arrest has exposed what may have been the most damaging spy operation ever aimed at the FBI, which is responsible for ferreting out spies within the borders of the United States.
With the dawn of the cyber-age, a new generation of spies has added computer modems, satellite cameras, and even encoded messages in microscopic DNA to their spy gear.
Overall, Sovereignty and Intelligence vividly illuminates the Byzantine world of spies while also revealing the psychology of an aristocratic culture.