reconnoiter

verb re·con·noi·ter \ ˌrē-kə-ˈnȯi-tər , ˌre-kə- \
variants: or reconnoitre

Definition of reconnoiter

reconnoitered or reconnoitred; reconnoitering or reconnoitring play \-ˈnȯi-tə-riŋ, -ˈnȯi-triŋ\
transitive verb
:to make a reconnaissance of
intransitive verb
:to engage in reconnaissance

Examples of reconnoiter in a Sentence

  1. An expedition reconnoitered the coast to find out the exact location of enemy forces.

  2. They were sent ahead to reconnoiter.

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Origin and Etymology of reconnoiter

obsolete French reconnoître, literally, to recognize, from Old French reconoistre — more at recognize


RECONNOITER Defined for English Language Learners

reconnoiter

verb

Definition of reconnoiter for English Language Learners

  • : to go to (a place or area) in order to find out information about a military enemy : to do a reconnaissance of (a place)



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