re·​con | \ ˈrē-ˌkän How to pronounce recon (audio) , ri-ˈkän How to pronounce recon (audio) \

Definition of recon

 (Entry 1 of 2)


reconned; reconning; recons

Definition of recon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to conduct a preliminary and especially an exploratory survey of : to do a reconnaissance of (something) In another village we sent an advance party to recon the place.— Wallace Terry

Examples of recon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This script checks for virtualization, steals information from local browsers, mail clients and file services, conducts machine recon and then zips it for exfil via BitsAdmin. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 Doing the recon, Bucklew noticed that a lot of ships began appearing in the harbor and townspeople began to cover an entire hillside., 26 May 2022 His group traveled extensively, including making landings on the Vietnamese coast for recon and intelligence purposes., 26 May 2022 In major exercises, bike scouts allowed the recon units to achieve their objectives hours before schedule. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2022 This includes travel via cars, trains and/or planes; recon rides of the racecourse; and lots of eating, stretching, resting and prepping for the inevitable race. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2022 As per my recon, the water isn't deep, maybe up to the lower bumper. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 27 Jan. 2022 But a separate effort to acquire General Dynamics’ Ajax tracked recon vehicles dramatically has gone off the rails. David Axe, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Between the Terminator-esque ability to stay awake through reintroduction to stash away a knife and her air vent recon, Sae-byeok gets a clue for what the next round has in store. Quinci Legardye, Vulture, 2 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of recon


1918, in the meaning defined above


1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recon


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15 Jun 2022

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“Recon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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