reconnoiter


reconnoiter

verb (used with object)

  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 survey (a region, area, etc.) for engineering, geological, or other purposes.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make a reconnaissance.
v.

also reconnoitre, 1707, “make a survey,” from older French reconnoitre (Modern French reconnaître), from Old French reconoistre “to identify” (see recognize).

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