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[ree-kuh-noi-ter, rek-uh-] /ˌri kəˈnɔɪ tər, ˌrɛk ə-/
verb (used with or without object), reconnoitred, reconnoitring. Chiefly British.
Related forms
reconnoitrer, noun Unabridged
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  • When Santa Anna entered the rectangle unattended to reconnoitre, a shell burst near him and covered his red pony with dirt.

  • With the first streak of day, the Doctor was up to reconnoitre the position of the enemy.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Every day a scout was appointed to reconnoitre in the direction of the smoke.

    Indian Boyhood [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • He determined at last to reconnoitre again from the roof of the gallery.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • Harry was ordered to reconnoitre the trench with two scouts.

    The Secret Battle A. P. Herbert
  • I'll reconnoitre while you go, and keep an eye on the front of the house.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • His lordship, with a numerous staff, went down a little nearer to the river to reconnoitre the enemy's position.

  • Paul tried to reconnoitre by the keyhole, but it was closed.

  • I therefore sent Bennen on to reconnoitre, purposing myself to cross the Theodule alone on the following day.

  • Before he slackened speed he tried to look behind 155 to reconnoitre.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
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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