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

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Next I thought it would be well to look abroad and reconnoitre once more.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Tom made a hasty breakfast, and then went outside to reconnoitre.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • He determined at last to reconnoitre again from the roof of the gallery.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • I'll reconnoitre while you go, and keep an eye on the front of the house.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Paul tried to reconnoitre by the keyhole, but it was closed.

  • He and I were pulling alone in a little boat to reconnoitre.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • Before he slackened speed he tried to look behind 155 to reconnoitre.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • Then, Bob, I want you to ride into Oroville and reconnoitre.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • We had no alternative but to wait till it got out of the way; and we all alighted to reconnoitre.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
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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