Definition of reconnoitre verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

reconnoitre

 verb
(especially US English -ter)verb
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtər//
 
, also NAmE//ˌriːkəˈnɔɪtər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reconnoitre
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtər//
 
, also NAmE//ˌriːkəˈnɔɪtər//
 
he / she / it reconnoitres
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtərz//
 
, NAmE//ˌriːkəˈnɔɪtərz//
 
past simple reconnoitred
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtərd//
 
, NAmE//ˌriːkəˈnɔɪtərd//
 
past participle reconnoitred
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtərd//
 
, NAmE//ˌriːkəˈnɔɪtərd//
 
-ing form reconnoitring
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈnɔɪtərɪŋ//
 
, NAmE//ˌriːkəˈnɔɪtərɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] reconnoitre (something) to get information about an area, especially for military purposes, by using soldiers, planes, etc. Word Origin early 18th cent.: from obsolete French reconnoître, from Latin recognoscere ‘know again’, from re- ‘again’ + cognoscere ‘learn’.