spy

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈspaɪ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/spaɪ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(spī)

Inflections of 'spy' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": spies
Inflections of 'spy' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
spies
v 3rd person singular
spying
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
spied
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
spied
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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spy

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. a [literary, famous, movie, covert] spy
  2. caught [a Russian, an enemy] spy
  3. [send, hire, use, train, employ] a spy
  4. a spy [employed] by (the government)
  5. [send] a spy to [snoop, find, get, kill]
  6. [accused, suspected] of being a spy
  7. spies are [tracking, following, watching]
  8. plays the [part, role] of a spy (in)
  9. is a spy in the [book, movie]
  10. is suspected of being a spy
  11. [gadgets, weapons, devices] for spies
  12. a [network, group] of spies
v
  1. spy (on) [Russians]
  2. spy on the [enemy, opponent, competition, leader, neighbor]
  3. was sent to spy on
  4. [accused, suspected] of spying (on)
  5. agreed to spy [for, on]
  6. spied on by [stalkers, reporters]
  7. spying on her through her window
  8. were you spying on me?
  9. game: I spy with my little eye
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