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SPYING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spying mean? 

SPYING (noun)
  The noun SPYING has 3 senses:

1. keeping a secret or furtive watch
2. the act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes
3. the act of detecting something; catching sight of something

  Familiarity information: SPYING used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPYING (noun)


Sense 1spying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keeping a secret or furtive watch

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("spying" is a kind of...):

vigil; watch (a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe)


Sense 2spying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

undercover work; spying

Hypernyms ("spying" is a kind of...):

intelligence; intelligence activity; intelligence operation (the operation of gathering information about an enemy)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spying"):

espionage (the systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets)


Sense 3spying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of detecting something; catching sight of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

espial; catching; detection; spotting; spying

Hypernyms ("spying" is a kind of...):

discovery; find; uncovering (the act of discovering something)


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