V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to glimpse or catch sight of something
Synonyms: glimpse, detect, see, observe
Tips: Espy is a rather formal term used to denote catching sight of something, especially from a distance. It's related to the word spy, which partly originates from the Latin word specere, "to look."
Out of the corner of my eye, I espied my son trying to sneak a cookie out of the cookie jar. (saw, glimpsed)
After twenty minutes of searching, I finally espied my car among the others in the huge parking structure. (caught sight of)
I always hope to espy a rainbow when the sun comes out after the rain. (see, glimpse, catch sight of)
The Queen espied one of her servants making a disrespectful gesture. (observed, saw, caught sight of)
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