McGrady was eyed by NBA managers as a teenager and he didn't bother going to college. Instead, he leaped right into the NBA.
I read these sentences in a test paper, and one of the questions is:
What does the underlined word "eyed" mean?
A. witnessed B. selected C. examined D. researched
The given answer is B. If we see the sentence as a whole, here "eyed" can be replaced by "selected", but does the "eyed" mean "selected" exactly?
Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
I would take "eyed" here as a synonym of "noticed"; "selected" would be the consequence, not the meaning.
Other members may have a different opinion, though!
Not a professional ESL teacher.