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reconnoiter

re·con·noi·ter

reconnoiter

 
pronunciation:
ri k noI tr [or] re k noI tr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: reconnoitered, reconnoitering, reconnoiters
definition: to go through or over (an area) so as to gain information about it, as for military or engineering purposes.
In preparation for the next day's advance, a squad was sent ahead to reconnoiter the area.
similar words:
explore
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make a preliminary exploration of major features, hazards, and the like in an area.
derivation: reconnoiterer (n.)