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reconnoiter

verb, re·con·noi·ter \ˌrē-kə-ˈnȯi-tər, ˌre-kə-\

Simple Definition of reconnoiter

  • : to go to (a place or area) in order to find out information about a military enemy : to do a reconnaissance of (a place)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of reconnoiter

reconnoitered or reconnoitredreconnoitering or reconnoitringplay \-ˈnȯi-tə-riŋ, -ˈnȯi-triŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make a reconnaissance of

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to engage in reconnaissance

Examples of reconnoiter in a sentence

  1. An expedition reconnoitered the coast to find out the exact location of enemy forces.

  2. They were sent ahead to reconnoiter.



Variants of reconnoiter

or reconnoitre play \ˌrē-kə-ˈnȯi-tər, ˌre-kə-\

Origin of reconnoiter

obsolete French reconnoître, literally, to recognize, from Old French reconoistre — more at recognize


First Known Use: 1707



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