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[ree-kuh-noi-ter, rek-uh-] /ˌri kəˈnɔɪ tər, ˌrɛk ə-/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), reconnoitred, reconnoitring. Chiefly British
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reconnoitrer, noun Unabridged
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  • Arrived at the head of the stairs leading to the water, they paused in the angle of the wall to reconnoitre.
  • Incidentally, they lost their way at a crossroads, and the ex-President got out to reconnoitre.
  • Here he stopped, while one of the party went forward to reconnoitre.
British Dictionary definitions for reconnoitre


to survey or inspect (an enemy's position, region of land, etc); make a reconnaissance (of)
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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