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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 of reconnoiter
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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  • Melendez immediately sent a detachment of men to reconnoiter.

  • We are to reconnoiter along this road and down toward that bridge (pointing).

  • A gallant cavalry officer with a few men lingered behind to reconnoiter until the rebels were within hailing distance of him.

    Recollections with the Third Iowa Regiment Seymour D. (Seymour Dwight) Thompson
  • Presently a Persian on horseback rode up to reconnoiter the pass.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • Before exposing ourselves on top of the hill we crawled and stuck just our heads up, Indian scouts fashion, to reconnoiter.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • There appeared to be no one on this side, and Lovejoy stepped forward to reconnoiter.

    Historic Adventures Rupert S. Holland
  • Ben wanted to accompany him, but Tom said he could reconnoiter better alone, and so Ben remained at the camp.

    The Dare Boys in Virginia Stephen Angus Cox
  • Then Dick crept through the opening in the crumbling wall to reconnoiter.

    The Phantom Yacht Carol Norton
  • Moved by this thought, I made a circuit of the place, and ascended a knoll to reconnoiter.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Yes, and I have come to ask if I may go and reconnoiter the British encampment.

    The Dare Boys in Virginia Stephen Angus Cox
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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