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[ri-kon] /rɪˈkɒn/ Informal.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), reconned, reconning.
Origin of recon
1915-20, Americanism; by shortening Unabridged
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  • recon tells me that the enemy is setting up an ambush north of our position.
  • Meanwhile, other agents use aerial recon to track down what they believe is a thrill-killing poacher.
  • The results of our expedition have been all that we'd hoped for in a recon mission.
  • We picked several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, probed them all the way through.
  • Neutral recon a neutral recon is one that is not owned by any team.
Word Origin and History for recon

military slang shortening; 1918 for reconnaissance (n.); 1966 for reconnoitre (v.).

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recon in Medicine

recon re·con (rē'kŏn')
The smallest genetic unit capable of recombination.

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Slang definitions & phrases for recon



Reconnaissance: orders for recon only (1966+ Military)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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