Reconnoiter Rec`on*noi"ter, Reconnoitre Rec`on*noi"tre (r?k`?n*noi"t?r), v. t. [F. reconnoitre, a former spelling of reconna[^i]tre. See {Recognize}.] 1. To examine with the eye to make a preliminary examination or survey of; esp., to survey with a view to military or engineering operations. [1913 Webster]

2. To recognize. [Obs.] --Sir H. Walpole. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • reconnoitre — is the BrE spelling, and reconnoiter the spelling in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • reconnoitre — (US reconnoiter) ► VERB ▪ make a military observation of (a region). ► NOUN informal ▪ an act of reconnoitring. ORIGIN obsolete French, from Latin recognoscere know again, recognize …   English terms dictionary

  • reconnoitre — [[t]re̱kənɔ͟ɪtə(r)[/t]] reconnoitres, reconnoitring, reconnoitred VERB To reconnoitre an area means to obtain information about its geographical features or about the size and position of an army there. [V n] He was sent to Eritrea to reconnoitre …   English dictionary

  • reconnoitre — 1. verb /ˌrɛkəˈnɔɪtə,ˌɹʷɛkəˈnɔɪ̯tʰə,ˌrɛkəˈnɔɪtɚ,ˌɹˠɛkəˈnɔɪ̯ɾɚ/ 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. Syn: scout, survey… …   Wiktionary

  • reconnoitre — UK [ˌrekəˈnɔɪtə(r)] / US [ˌrɪkəˈnɔɪtər] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms reconnoitre : present tense I/you/we/they reconnoitre he/she/it reconnoitres present participle reconnoitring past tense reconnoitred past participle reconnoitred… …   English dictionary

  • reconnoitre — [c]/rɛkəˈnɔɪtə / (say rekuh noytuh) verb (reconnoitred, reconnoitring) –verb (t) 1. to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy s strength or position, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for military purposes. 2. to examine or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • reconnoitre — re|con|noi|tre BrE reconnoiter AmE [ˌrekəˈnɔıtə US ˌri:kəˈnɔıtər ] v [I and T] [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Early French reconnoître, from Old French reconoistre; RECOGNIZE] 1.) to try to find out the position and size of your enemy s army, for… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • reconnoitre — [ˌrɛkə nɔɪtə] (US reconnoiter) verb make a military observation of (a region). noun informal an act of reconnoitring. Origin C18: from obs. Fr. reconnoître, from L. recognoscere (see recognize) …   English new terms dictionary

  • reconnoitre — verb see reconnoiter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reconnoitre — reconnoitrer, n. /ree keuh noy teuhr, rek euh /, v.t., v.i., reconnoitred, reconnoitring. Chiefly Brit. reconnoiter. * * * …   Universalium

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