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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)

Full Definition of reconnoiter

re·con·noi·tered or re·con·noi·tredre·con·noi·ter·ing or re·con·noi·tringplay \-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

  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 re·con·noi·tre 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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