Reconnoiter meaning

rēkə-noitər, rĕkə-
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Reconnoiter is to conduct a military mission to observe something or someone or to find something out.

When a top-secret military team goes into an enemy country to check out their army, this is an example of reconnoiter.

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To make a reconnaissance or preliminary examination.
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To make a preliminary examination of (an area or a group, for example), usually by moving around and observing, in order to gather information, especially for military purposes.

Reconnoitered the enemy positions.

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An act of reconnoitering.
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To make a reconnaissance (of)
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An act or instance of reconnoitering.

The pilot reported the findings of his reconnoiter.

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(intransitive, military) To perform a reconnaissance (of an area; an enemy position); to scout with the aim of gaining information.

Our scout will reconnoiter the path ahead of our troops.

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Origin of reconnoiter

  • Obsolete French reconnoître from Old French reconoistre to recognize recognize

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French reconnoître (obsolete spelling of reconnaître), from Latin recognoscere (“to recognize"). Contrarily, there is also an obsolete 19th-century British English spelling reconnaitre (now reconnoitre).

    From Wiktionary