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 So the question is whether there were recon tours that were given ahead of time. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Pramila Jayapal: “We Don’t Know If We Can Trust Our Republican Colleagues”," 15 Jan. 2021 Al and Dwight go rogue on a recon mission for Ginny to follow a lead thought lost. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch this weekend: ‘The Good Lord Bird’ on Showtime," 24 Oct. 2020 Thanks to a season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, the Buckeyes are the ones doing recon on the Huskers for everyone else. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football preparing for the unexpected with Nebraska’s Wan’Dale Robinson," 21 Oct. 2020 Military intelligence officers studied recon photographs to identify older districts built largely of wood, then saturation-bombed them with high explosives. Daniel Duane, Wired, "The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works," 30 Sep. 2020 Admittedly, meteorologists working on the ground during recon missions was inevitable, Marks said. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "2020 hurricane hunting evolves with new technology in light of COVID-19 safety concerns," 14 Sep. 2020 Those working with him, including the recon team, are volunteers, too, with a good majority of them retirees. Sig Christenson,, "Volunteer searchers check Central Texas fields and woods, looking for signs of missing GI," 24 June 2020 While Kidman and Theron had real people to look to, Robbie had to fashion Kayla from scratch, using only her recon to build the foundation for the modern conservative. Ineye Komonibo,, "Margot Robbie Went Undercover On Conservative Twitter For Bombshell," 3 Jan. 2020 Or maybe do a quick recon on Google, searching to see what the story is on available litters of hard-driving shed retrievers. Tony J. Peterson, Outdoor Life, "7 Myths About Shed Hunting Dogs," 24 Feb. 2020

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1918, in the meaning defined above


1966, in the meaning defined above

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3 Feb 2021

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“Recon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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