Meaning of espionage

es•pi•o•nage

Pronunciation: (es'pē-u-näzh", -nij, es"pē-u-näzh'), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or practice of spying.
  2. the use of spies by a government to discover the military and political secrets of other nations.
  3. the use of spies by a corporation or the like to acquire the plans, technical knowledge, etc., of a competitor: industrial espionage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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