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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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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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