Reconnoitre meaning

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

Our scout will reconnoitre the path ahead of our troops.

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An act or instance of reconnoitring.

The pilot reported the findings of his reconnoitre.

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Origin of reconnoitre

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

    From Wiktionary