reconnoiter

[ree-kuh-noi-ter, rek-uh-]
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:
1700–10; < French reconnoître (now obsolete) to explore, Middle French reconoistre. See recognize

reconnoiterer, noun
unreconnoitered, adjective
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reconnoitre or reconnoiter (ˌrɛkəˈnɔɪtə)
 
vb
1.  to survey or inspect (an enemy's position, region of land, etc); make a reconnaissance (of)
 
n
2.  the act or process of reconnoitring; a reconnaissance
 
[C18: from obsolete French reconnoître to inspect, explore; see recognize]
 
reconnoiter or reconnoiter
 
vb
 
n
 
[C18: from obsolete French reconnoître to inspect, explore; see recognize]
 
recon'noitrer or reconnoiter
 
n
 
recon'noiterer or reconnoiter
 
n

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reconnoiter
1707, from Fr. reconnoître, from M.Fr. reconoistre "to identify" (see recognize).
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Example sentences
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.
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