[ree-kuh-noi-ter, rek-uh-]

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.

Origin of reconnoiter

1700–10; < French reconnoître (now obsolete) to explore, Middle French reconoistre. See recognize
Related formsre·con·noi·ter·er, nounun·re·con·noi·tered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for reconnoiter

look, inquire, probe, explore, examine, scout, survey

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Word Origin and History for reconnoiter

also reconnoitre, 1707, "make a survey," from older French reconnoitre (Modern French reconnaître), from Old French reconoistre "to identify" (see recognize).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper