espiar
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espiar(
ehs
-
pyahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to watch)
a. to spy on
Se pasó el día entero espiando a sus vecinos con unos binoculares.He spent the whole day spying on his neighbors with a set of binoculars.
b. to keep watch on
La policía sospechaba de él y espiaba sus movimientos.The police suspected him and was keeping watch on his actions.
c. to keep a watch on
Era una situación terrible, en la que todos espiaban a todos.It was a terrible situation, where everyone kept a watch on everyone else.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to watch)
a. to spy
Durante la Guerra Fría, espió para ambos bandos.She spied for both sides during the Cold War.
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espiar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to spy on
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espiar
transitive verb
1 (vigilar) to spy on; keep (a) watch on
2 (Latinoamérica) (mirar) to look at; watch
intransitive verb
to spy
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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