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

verb (used with or without object), re·con·noi·tred, re·con·noi·tring. Chiefly British.

Related formsre·con·noi·trer, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reconnoitre

Historical Examples of reconnoitre

  • 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.

  • Tom made a hasty breakfast, and then went outside to reconnoitre.

  • He determined at last to reconnoitre again from the roof of the gallery.

  • I'll reconnoitre while you go, and keep an eye on the front of the house.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for reconnoitre


US reconnoiter


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 Formsreconnoitrer or US reconnoiterer, noun

Word Origin for reconnoitre

C18: from obsolete French reconnoître to inspect, explore; see recognize
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