reconnoitre

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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).

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reconnoitre (third-person singular simple present reconnoitres, present participle reconnoitring, simple past and past participle reconnoitred)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, military) To perform a reconnaissance (of an area; an enemy position); to scout with the aim of gaining information.
    Our scout will reconnoitre the path ahead of our troops.
  2. (obsolete) To recognise.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir H. Walpole to this entry?)

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reconnoitre (plural reconnoitres)

  1. An act or instance of reconnoitring.
    The pilot reported the findings of his reconnoitre.

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