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es·pi·o·nage  (sp--näzh, -nj)
The act or practice of spying or of using spies to obtain secret information, as about another government or a business competitor.

[French espionnage, from espionner, to spy, from Old French espion, spy, from Old Italian spione, of Germanic origin; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

espionage  /spin/  n. [U] an act of spying: The official was put in jail for espionage. espionage

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