/ spaI; spaI/ n
person who tries to get secretinformation about military affairs, etc, esp one employedby a government to do this in another country 间谍: suspected of being a spy 有间谍嫌疑的 * [attrib 作定语] a spy trial 对间谍嫌疑犯的审讯.
person who secretly watches and reports on what others do, where they go, etc 秘密侦察他人行动者; 密探: police spies, ie people employed by the police to watch suspected criminals 警方的密探 * industrial spies, ie those employed to learn the secrets of business rivals, etc 工业间谍. Cf 参看 mole2 2.
> spy v (pt, pp spied)
1 [I, Ipr] ~ (on sb); ~ (on/into sth) (a) keep watch secretly 暗中监视; 侦察; 窥探: spy on the enemy's movements 侦察敌方行动 * spy into other people's affairs 窥探他人的私事 * I'm sure my neighbours spy on me. 我肯定邻居暗中监视我. (b) be a spy; collect secret information 作间谍或窥探活动; 收集机密情报: She was accused of spying for the enemy. 她被指控为敌方间谍.
2 [Tn, Tng] (fml or joc 文或谑) (usu not in the continuous tenses 通常不用於进行时态) observe (sb/sth); see; notice 观察(某人[某事物]); 看见; 注意到: We spied three figures in the distance. 我们望见远处有三个人影儿. * I spy someone coming up the garden path. 我看到有人正沿着花园小径走来.
3 (idm 习语) ,spy out the `land assess the situation by making discreet inquiries, etc 摸清情况.
4 (phr v) spy sth out explore and discover (esp an illegal activity) without being observed 暗中查明(尤指非法活动).
# `spyglass n small telescope 小望远镜.