Definition of reconnoitre in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrɛkəˈnɔɪtə/
(US reconnoiter)


[with object]
Make a military observation of (a region): they reconnoitred the beach some weeks before the landing [no object]: the raiders were reconnoitring for further attacks
More example sentences
  • This results in wasted effort as infantry battalion scouts conduct time-consuming reconnaissance of areas and routes already reconnoitered by recce troops.
  • March 25th, 1945 saw members reconnoitering the beaches at the southwest tip of Tokashika Shima, a dangerous job as the landing beach was in a cove surrounded by easily defensible high ground.
  • Early in the war Allied planners realized the value of scouts for reconnoitering enemy-held beaches.
survey, make a reconnaissance of, explore, scout (out), make a survey of, make an observation of;
find out the lie of the land, see how the land lies;
investigate, examine, spy out, scrutinize, scan, inspect, observe, take a look at, take stock of;
informal recce, make a recce of, case, case the joint, check out
British informal take a shufti round, suss out
North American informal recon


An act of reconnoitring: a nocturnal reconnoitre of the camp
More example sentences
  • He foisted the box of worthless gadgets back onto Katie then did a quick reconnoitre of their current position.
  • From their reconnoitres of the base, they knew that meant the coast was clear.
  • Once he declared the aircraft safe, I completed a final reconnoitre of the site to 50m out from the wreckage.


Early 18th century: from obsolete French reconnoître, from Latin recognoscere 'know again' (see recognize).

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