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Definition of "espy" [es•py]

  • To catch sight of (something distant, partially hidden, or obscure); glimpse. See Synonyms at see1. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "espy" in a sentence
  • "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."