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reconnoiter

[ree-kuh-noi-ter, rek-uh-] /ˌri kəˈnɔɪ tər, ˌrɛk ə-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy's strength or position, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for military purposes.
2.
to examine or survey (a region, area, etc.) for engineering, geological, or other purposes.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a reconnaissance.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French reconnoître (now obsolete) to explore, Middle French reconoistre. See recognize
Related forms
reconnoiterer, noun
unreconnoitered, adjective
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  • They'll make plans to reconnoiter late in the day and see what territory is left to cover.
  • First, reconnoiter the place about a week before, preferably on the same night of the week you are planning to pop the question.
  • However, he must be sure to reconnoiter alternate sites in case he finds he cannot use his first choice.
British Dictionary definitions for reconnoiter

reconnoitre

/ˌrɛkəˈnɔɪtə/
verb
1.
to survey or inspect (an enemy's position, region of land, etc); make a reconnaissance (of)
noun
2.
the act or process of reconnoitring; a reconnaissance
Derived Forms
reconnoitrer, (US) reconnoiterer, noun
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete French reconnoître to inspect, explore; see recognize
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Word Origin and History for reconnoiter
v.

also reconnoitre, 1707, "make a survey," from older French reconnoitre (Modern French reconnaître), from Old French reconoistre "to identify" (see recognize).

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