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Catch sight of.‘she espied her daughter rounding the corner’
perceive, make out, pick out, detect, recognize, notice, observe, see, spotView synonyms
- ‘We espy the professor and his assistant in the distance and amble over to them.’
- ‘‘I want that,’ my sister Molly says, espying my purchase.’
- ‘Later, I am in a supermarket, and I espy a former teacher whom I did not like.’
- ‘If I espy a weed trying to masquerade as one of my plants I just yank it out.’
- ‘This afternoon, whilst I was chatting to an elderly couple who wanted directions to somewhere, my eyes wandered to the car park verge and espied a single solitary daffodil blooming in the late winter sun.’
Middle English: from Old French espier, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Dutch spieden and German spähan. Compare with spy.
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