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reconnoiter (v.)

also reconnoitre, 1707, "make a survey," specifically "to examine a tract or region for military or engineering purposes," from older French reconnoitre (Modern French reconnaître), from Old French reconoistre "to identify" (see recognize). Related: Reconnoitering.

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Definitions of reconnoiter from WordNet

reconnoiter (v.)
explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody;
Synonyms: scout / reconnoitre
From wordnet.princeton.edu