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Detective vs. Spy

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  • Detective (noun)

    A police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.

  • Detective (noun)

    A person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.

  • Detective (adjective)

    Employed in detecting.

  • Spy (noun)

    A person who secretly watches and examines the actions of other individuals or organizations and gathers information on them (usually to gain an advantage).

  • Spy (verb)

    To act as a spy.

    "During the Cold War, Russia and America would each spy on each other for recon."

  • Spy (verb)

    To spot; to catch sight of.

    "I think I can spy that hot guy coming over here."

  • Spy (verb)

    To search narrowly; to scrutinize.

  • Spy (verb)

    To explore; to see; to view; inspect and examine secretly, as a country.

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  • Detective (adjective)

    Fitted for, or skilled in, detecting; employed in detecting crime or criminals; as, a detective officer.

  • Detective (noun)

    One who business it is so detect criminals or discover matters of secrecy.

  • Spy

    To gain sight of; to discover at a distance, or in a state of concealment; to espy; to see.

  • Spy

    To discover by close search or examination.

  • Spy

    To explore; to view, inspect, and examine secretly, as a country; - usually with out.

  • Spy (verb)

    To search narrowly; to scrutinize.

  • Spy (noun)

    One who keeps a constant watch of the conduct of others.

  • Spy (noun)

    A person sent secretly into an enemy's camp, territory, or fortifications, to inspect his works, ascertain his strength, movements, or designs, and to communicate such intelligence to the proper officer.

Webster Dictionary
  • Detective (noun)

    a police officer who investigates crimes

  • Detective (noun)

    an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public

  • Spy (noun)

    (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors

  • Spy (noun)

    a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people;

    "my spies tell me that you had a good time last night"

  • Spy (verb)

    catch sight of

  • Spy (verb)

    watch, observe, or inquire secretly

  • Spy (verb)

    secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage;

    "spy for the Russians"

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