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reconnoiter

[ ree-kuh-noi-ter, rek-uh- ]
/ ˌri kəˈnɔɪ tər, ˌrɛk ə- /
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verb (used with object)

to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy's strength or position, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for military purposes.
to examine or survey (a region, area, etc.) for engineering, geological, or other purposes.

verb (used without object)

to make a reconnaissance.

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Origin of reconnoiter

1700–10; <French reconnoître (now obsolete) to explore, Middle French reconoistre.See recognize
re·con·noi·ter·er, nounun·re·con·noi·tered, adjective
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