espy

[ ih-spahy ]
/ ɪˈspaɪ /

verb (used with object), es·pied, es·py·ing.

to see at a distance; catch sight of.

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Origin of espy

1175–1225; Middle English espyen < Old French espierGermanic; compare German spähen to spy

OTHER WORDS FROM espy

un·es·pied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for espied

espy
/ (ɪˈspaɪ) /

verb -pies, -pying or -pied

(tr) to catch sight of or perceive (something distant or previously unnoticed); detectto espy a ship on the horizon

Derived forms of espy

espier, noun

Word Origin for espy

C14: from Old French espier to spy, of Germanic origin
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Scientific definitions for espied

Espy
[ ĕspē ]
James Pollard 1785-1860

American meteorologist who is credited with the first correct explanation of the role heat plays in cloud formation and growth. His use of the telegraph in relaying meteorological observations and tracking storms laid the foundation for modern weather forecasting.
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