The Closing Word: Espy

The Closing Word: EspyThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (es-PIE)

catch sight of

From “Though you can use the verb espy whenever you want to say “see,” “spot,” or “notice,” it’s primarily a literary word that you’ll mostly find in books. Espy comes from the Old French espiier, “observe, watch or spy on,” from a Germanic root.”

“The property bordered a national park, providing the owners ample opportunity to espy wildlife throughout the year.”


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