verb (espies, espying, espied)[with object] literary
Catch sight of: she espied her daughter rounding the corner
More example sentences
- ‘I want that,’ my sister Molly says, espying my purchase.
- We espy the professor and his assistant in the distance and amble over to them.
- Later, I am in a supermarket, and I espy a former teacher whom I did not like.
Middle English: from Old French espier, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Dutch spieden and German spähan. Compare with spy.