Translation of spy in Spanish:


espía, n.

Pronunciation /spaɪ//spʌɪ/

nounPlural spies

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    espía masculine
    (satellite/plane/ship) (before noun) (invariable adjective) espía
    (story) de espías
    (story) de espionaje
    spy ring red de espionaje feminine

intransitive verbspied, spying, spies

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    (watch secretly)
    to spy on sb espiar a algn
    • he used to spy on them solía espiarlos
    • A reporter has been arrested outside the home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for spying on the star couple with binoculars..
    • A growing number of employers are installing cameras and software to spy on you.
    • This team is trying to make the quality of all our lives better and are certainly not going around spying on anyone.
    • Most people would agree that spying on one's neighbors is detestable.
    • The chips transmit signals and civil liberties groups fear the technology could eventually be used to spy on consumers.
    • Thanks to a new range of high-tech monitoring tools, it is now easier than ever to spy electronically on your children.
    • One of his favorite tricks is to call the people he's spying on and describe what he is observing through his telescopic lens.
    • These people are regularly keeping watch on them and spying on their movements.
    • He was spying on Selina, watching her every move.
    • She's there to spy on her cheating husband.
    • To pass the time, he spies on his neighbours, watching the real-life soap opera in the building across from his.
    • For once we didn't pretend we weren't spying on each other.
    • He got his family to spy on her if he was out of the house.
    • Jeez, you'd think I was some kind of little old lady hanging around by my window all day, spying on the neighbours.
    • Mr Barrett believes the cameras are being misused, to spy on motorists parking, rather than watching out for crime.
    • Unions at City Hall have accused Council bosses of breaking the law by spying on employees using CCTV cameras and other means.
    • It had gotten to the point where I was starting to suspect my own friends of spying on me.
    • He often spied on her, watching from the shadows, observing her every gesture.
    • Social network analysis could be used for something more useful than spying on employees.
    • As one review put it, reading this book is like spying on your friends when they didn't know you were there.
    • He liked the knowledge that he could spy on his neighbors if he ever needed to.
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    (work as spy)
    he spied for both sides espiaba para ambos bandos
    • to spy on sth/sb espiar algo/a algn
    • If they are spying for a commercial competitor, the situation is different.
    • If he did agree to work for the rebels and became a double agent, spying for the CAS, he'd get two paychecks.
    • On this basis, they have said, Anthony Blunt was considered to have committed treason by spying for the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
    • Last year's debate on intelligence reform should have centered on espionage, which we call human intelligence, or HUMINT, or spying.
    • He joins a multinational corporation in order to spy for them and is persuaded to become a double agent for a rival corporation, even though he doesn't know what they do, or what they want.
    • People knew that the CIA was partly about spying, and they had vague, romantic notions about spies borrowed from Ian Fleming and Graham Greene novels.
    • The pirate Jean Laffite and his men were paid to scout, spy, and sometimes fight for Gen. Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812.
    • A short time ago, we spoke with a defense analyst who told us about other countries that are doing some spying of their own.
    • The Army has charged him with five offenses: sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage and failure to obey a general order.
    • It's one thing to know in theory that governments always spy on each other, quite another to see set out in a memo the detail of how the spying will be done.
    • Most had spied for money, but some spied out of ideological motives, and others because of grudges against their superiors.
    • The Einstein dossier serves as a useful reminder of the scope of FBI spying.
    • But was she really a sleeper agent recruited by her brother to spy for the Russian NKVD?
    • Although these tools make it easier to spy, undercover agents still have to turn up at the right place at the right time in order to collect the information.
    • The charges against them have been dropped from spying to ‘illegal information collection’, although the new charge still carries a possible jail sentence.
    • Burgess, Maclean, Philby and Blunt spied out of political conviction.
    • He spied for the Russians and is now serving a life sentence.
    • Government agencies have not yet been able to prevent spying and the exchange of information by agents.
    • Both men were charged with spying, destabilising society, and publishing false information.
    • The sinister, murky world of espionage is laid bare in this revised and updated edition of Philip Knightley's powerful book about spies and spying in the 20th century.

transitive verbspied, spying, spies

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    to play 'I spy' jugar al veo-veo
    • I spy with my little eye something beginning with 's' veo, veo una cosa que empieza con 's'