reconnoiter

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verb re·con·noi·ter \ˌrē-kə-ˈnȯi-tər, ˌre-kə-\

Definition of reconnoiter

reconnoitered

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reconnoitred

reconnoitering

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reconnoitring

play \-ˈnȯi-tə-riŋ, -ˈnȯi-triŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make a reconnaissance of

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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.

Variants of reconnoiter

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reconnoitre

Origin and Etymology of reconnoiter

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


First Known Use: 1707


RECONNOITER Defined for English Language Learners

reconnoiter

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verb re·con·noi·ter \ˌrē-kə-ˈnȯi-tər, ˌre-kə-\

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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