[ ree-kuh-noi-ter, rek-uh- ]
/ ˌri kəˈnɔɪ tər, ˌrɛk ə- /

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

Related forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for reconnoitre


US reconnoiter

/ (ˌrɛkəˈnɔɪtə) /


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 or US reconnoiterer, noun

Word Origin for reconnoitre

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