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 In a pattern that was repeated, details about the next day’s challenge were only revealed the night before, so that candidates couldn’t go out and do recon. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 In fact, it is even designed for two beds in back which could be very handy for a recon team out scouting in advance of troops, for example. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Eurosatory 2018: Huge wheeled military ATV swims and surprises," 12 June 2018 The system is expected to move northeastward offshore of the Southeastern U.S. The hurricane center said a reconnaissance mission planned for today was canceled but another recon flight is scheduled for Sunday. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Dorian forms in Atlantic; could become a hurricane by next week," 24 Aug. 2019 The recon flight also reported that the central pressure has continued to fall, another sign of strengthening. Leigh Morgan,, "Tropical Storm Barry afternoon update: Barry’s winds and rain now moving into Louisiana," 12 July 2019 Anne McClain, who flew missions over Iraq in an OH-58 Kiowa recon and fire support helicopter, for the dangerous reality of strapping to a rocket and heading to orbit. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "What it’s like to serve in Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL — and then see it from space," 18 July 2019 On Sonos Wi-Fi speakers, an attacker could access extensive information about the Wi-Fi network a speaker is connected to, useful for mapping out network attributes and broader recon. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Millions of Streaming Devices Are Vulnerable to a Retro Web Attack," 19 June 2018 Former recon Marine, Derek Sisson has launched a new, smooth bourbon called ‘Merica. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Top patriotic BBQ gear for July 4," 3 July 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicles may have gotten their start with the military, flying recon missions in Vietnam and dropping bombs over Afghanistan. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "A Single Drone Helped Mexican Police Drop Crime 10 Percent," 11 June 2018

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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


derivative of recon entry 1

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The first known use of recon was in 1918

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27 Jan 2020

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“Recon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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