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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Early French reconnoître, from Old French reconoistre; RECOGNIZE

reconnoitre

verb
     
Related topics: Military
re‧con‧noi‧tre British English ; reconnoiter American English [intransitive and transitive]
1PM to try to find out the position and size of your enemy's army, for example by flying planes over land where their soldiers are
2 to find out information about an area:
All morning, the world's top cyclists have been reconnoitring the course.

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