reconnoiter


re·con·noi·ter

verb \ˌrē-kə-ˈni-tər, ˌre-kə-\

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

re·con·noi·tered or re·con·noi·tredre·con·noi·ter·ing or re·con·noi·tring\-ˈni-tə-riŋ, -ˈni-triŋ\

Full Definition of RECONNOITER

transitive verb
:  to make a reconnaissance of
intransitive verb
:  to engage in reconnaissance

Variants of RECONNOITER

re·con·noi·ter or re·con·noi·tre \ˌrē-kə-ˈni-tər, ˌre-kə-\

Examples of RECONNOITER

  1. An expedition reconnoitered the coast to find out the exact location of enemy forces.
  2. They were sent ahead to reconnoiter.

Origin of RECONNOITER

obsolete French reconnoître, literally, to recognize, from Old French reconoistre — more at recognize
First Known Use: 1707

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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