from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To catch sight of (something distant, partially hidden, or obscure); glimpse. See Synonyms at see1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; to discover, as a distant object partly concealed, or not obvious to notice; to see at a glance; to discern unexpectedly; to spy; as, to espy land; to espy a man in a crowd.
- v. To inspect narrowly; to examine and keep watch upon; to watch; to observe.
- v. To look or search narrowly; to look about; to watch; to take notice; to spy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A spy; a scout.
- intransitive v. To look or search narrowly; to look about; to watch; to take notice; to spy.
- transitive v. To catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; to discover, as a distant object partly concealed, or not obvious to notice; to see at a glance; to discern unexpectedly; to spy
- transitive v. To inspect narrowly; to examine and keep watch upon; to watch; to observe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To see at a distance; catch sight of or discover at a distance.
- To see or discover suddenly, after some effort, or unexpectedly, as by accident: with reference to some person or thing in a degree concealed or intended to be hidden: as, to espy a man in a crowd.
- To inspect narrowly; explore and examine; observe and keep watch upon; spy.
- Synonyms To discern, descry, perceive, catch sight of.
- To look narrowly; keep watch; spy.
- n. A spy; scout; watch.
- n. Espial; espionage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. catch sight of
The JWST, which unlike Hubble can make images in the infrared, could espy this initial burgeoning of stars and their homes -- the earliest galaxies.
Some elements of the gold market, the rabid goldbugs, do espy a very dark and broken future.
Whereupon I espy this Italian place I've never tried before.
It's a pretty good story, and trying to espy its "interstitial" qualities adds nothing to its appeal.
Driving from Brooklyn to Oregon next week; What weird should I espy?
Gadget, Dear Fellow, mine eye did espy that a new author would be blogging soon.
Supposing Blair is correct, and parents do espy special, precious things that childless adults never can, it would still be reassuring to know that these are not outweighed by the associated burdens of exhaustion, continual interruption and prime ministerial anxiety about how to blag a first-class education without going private.
"And just occasionally, you espy the essential strength that the family represents and realise it is a marvel of human achievement."
So if one day soon, you espy Scott Brown beating the crap out of himself in some parking garage, you'll know what's going on.
When, whom should I espy through the street-side window but the Argyle Scot, talking with the waitress, nodding his head, reaching for his wallet, and pulling out — IS THAT A FUCKINGHUNDRED?
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