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reconned; reconning; recons

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

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The recon team find and locate targets, passing the co-ordinates to the Lancet operator, who flies to the spot, confirms the target, and guides the Lancet in for the kill. David Hambling, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 That meant the recon team had to either manage an escape on their own or face almost certain death. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Maggie's recon mission is interrupted, however, by a group of walkers. Dalton Ross,, 19 June 2023 Tread carefully—there are bombs planted to throw you off track and spies doing recon for the enemy. Julianne Hilmes Bartlett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Mar. 2022 Things happen in war’s downtime, silly things like the knuckleheads from a recon platoon playing a prank one night, throwing a tear gas grenade into the barracks. The Indianapolis Star, 2 July 2023 Whether simply ironic or a sly jab by his newfound teammates and longtime friends, the tunes seeping through the BMW that Scott Dixon drove around Texas Motor Speedway's tri-oval for a recon run just after 6 a.m. were all too coincidental and applicable for th 45-year-old in the passenger seat. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Aug. 2021 In the central action of the novel, General Cummings, eager to show off his tactical prowess, sends the platoon on a recon mission that turns out to be foolish, even superfluous, and Croft, ready to test himself, willingly carries it out, sacrificing men en route. David Denby, The New Yorker, 19 Dec. 2022 Despite one big bump of windy turbulence, the recon mission was a success, and after five days of waking up at 1:30 a.m. for nine-hour flights through Sam, Doremus was happy to be landing Thursday morning at the Lakeland Linder International Airport. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 4 Oct. 2021
Bashir, Siedi, and the other leaders recon the target — a pair of shipping containers converted into a kitchen — as the Green Berets spread out to watch the action. Kevin Maurer, Rolling Stone, 28 Aug. 2022

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First Known Use


1918, in the meaning defined above


1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of recon was in 1918

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“Recon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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