1. keeping a secret or furtive watch
Derivationally related forms: ↑spy
Hypernyms: ↑watch, ↑vigil
2. the act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes
Syn: ↑undercover work
Derivationally related forms: ↑spy
Hyponyms: ↑espionage
3. the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
Syn: ↑detection, ↑catching, ↑espial, ↑spotting
Derivationally related forms: ↑spot (for: ↑spotting), ↑spy, ↑espy (for: ↑espial), ↑detect (for: ↑detection)
Hypernyms: ↑discovery, ↑find, ↑uncovering

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