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Definition of espy:

  1. A spy; a scout.
  2. 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.
  3. To inspect narrowly; to examine and keep watch upon; to watch; to observe.
  4. To look or search narrowly; to look about; to watch; to take notice; to spy.

Synonyms:

recognize, glimpse, tell apart, sleuth, spy, fleck, blemish, snoop, make out, blob, stag, discern, pick out, blot, spot, catch, detect, distinguish, descry, sight, recognise.

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