Definitions

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  • v. To perform a reconnaissance (of an area; an enemy position); to scout with the aim of gaining information.
  • v. To recognise.
  • n. An act or instance of reconnoitring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody

Etymologies

From French reconnoître (obsolete spelling of reconnaître), from Latin recognoscere ("to recognise"). Contrarily, there is also an obsolete 19th-century British English spelling reconnaitre (now reconnoitre). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But although they were groping in the right direction, the Americans had never really taken hold of the Panzer concept in its essence, as conceived by Liddell Hart and developed by Guderian — the heavy, balanced force, moving on tracks not to "reconnoitre" but to strike and to exploit.

    Barbarossa

  • "reconnoitre," Balla said "to open the gate and lead the way," -- and that Frank should bring up the rear.

    Two Little Confederates

  • We landed in an eddy, and climbed directly into the trees to reconnoitre.

    CHAPTER XII

  • He paused to reconnoitre, but not being driven back, came closer.

    KEESH, SON OF KEESH

  • Before Mackay reached him, he said, the French sent a detachment to reconnoitre our camp to obtain intelligence of our strength & position; notice of which being given by the scouts.

    George Washington’s First War

  • An early entrant to the club was Lionel "Buster" Crabb, an MI6 diver who in 1956 was dispatched into Portsmouth harbour to reconnoitre a Russian ship and was never seen again.

    MI6 codebreaker's bizarre death provides fodder for conspiracy theories

  • If you have a consistent security system around the globe it is quite easy to reconnoitre that and predict it.

    Airport security rules 'give terrorists an advantage'

  • He would reconnoitre the Brussels job, he decided, and would give his yes or no before crossing to England to terminate Gypsy Joe.

    The Elvis Latte

  • He decided that it would be safe enough to reconnoitre at least the Gypsy Joe prospect.

    The Elvis Latte

  • It became necessary, therefore, to find out by an actual demonstration what Lee was doing, and I was required to reconnoitre in the direction of Mechanicsville.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

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