tr.v. es·pied, es·py·ing, es·pies
To catch sight of (something that is distant, partially hidden, or obscure); glimpse. See Synonyms at see1.
[Middle English espien, from Old French espier, to watch, of Germanic origin; see spek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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