Spied vs Detected - What's the difference?

spied | detected |

As verbs the difference between spied and detected

is that spied is (spy) while detected is (detect).

As an adjective detected is

referring to something that has been noticed.




  • (spy)
  • Anagrams

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

    * spy ring


  • To act as a spy.
  • During the Cold War, Russia and America would each spy on each other for recon.
  • To spot; to catch sight of.
  • I think I can spy that hot guy coming over here.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • One in reading, skipped over all sentences where he spied a note of admiration.
  • * Latimer
  • Look about with your eyes; spy what things are to be reformed in the church of England.
  • To search narrowly; to scrutinize.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It is my nature's plague / To spy into abuses.
  • To explore; to view; inspect and examine secretly, as a country.
  • * Bible, Numbers xxi. 32
  • Moses sent to spy Jaazer, and they took the villages thereof.

    Derived terms

    * spy on

    See also



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  • Verb

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  • Synonyms

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  • Referring to something that has been noticed.
  • The detected submarine was tracked by sonar, it was easy once they knew where to look.


    * undetected * non-detected


  • (detect)
  • We detected the submarine long before it observed us.