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Navy Seals have reconnoitered the area in advance of the invasion.
  to explore — especially for military purposes
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reconnoitering reconnoiter reconnoitered
This is the verb form of the better known noun, reconnaissance.
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  • Navy Seals have reconnoitered the area in advance of the invasion.
  • Not until twenty miles farther on, when they reconnoitered in the dark of a mountain hollow, and he stepped from the saddle and his leg buckled under him, the blood sloshing in his boot like a full well bucket, did he notice the ankle.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • Professor Bieganski had bought the ring in Aden on his voyage back from Madagascar, where he had gone to reconnoiter the geography of his earliest dream: the relocation of the Polish Jews.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The matter was to ascertain, by reconnoitering, how the enemy guarded this bastion.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • Absorbed in his plans, Dick did not notice a patrol car pan him, slow down, reconnoiter.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Seeing smoke rise from a house in the woods, he sends a party of men to reconnoiter.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I won’t be mad and I’ll just tell Damien and the Twins that you’re reconnoitering.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • "Oh, I suppose we must go reconnoitering around the country jest to keep ’cause from getting too close, or to develop ’em, or something."
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I wouldn’t mind taking out a line of skirmishers to reconnoiter the position.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Then, after a short pause, he added: "These hills afford us every opportunity of reconnoitering your works, messieurs, and I am possibly as well acquainted with their weak condition as you can be yourselves."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • On the previous day Platov reconnoitered with two Cossack regiments and two squadrons of hussars.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Once he and I were in the jungle a few yards away from a river, and he wanted to reconnoiter over certain areas, but he couldn’t get the view he wanted.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • We’re reconnoitering right now!
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • The pugnacious Colonel Johnson, wearing his trademark soft cap with the visor flipped up, called for two four-man patrols to reconnoiter routes up the northern face of Suribachi.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • And the other continued east on Thirty-first, reconnoitering for the accident.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • A half-equipped little knight she was, venturing to reconnoiter the mysterious city and dreaming wild dreams of some vague, far-off supremacy, which should make it prey and subject the proper penitent, groveling at a women’s slipper.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Kassad had gone ahead to reconnoiter the village.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He was in an unhurried, reconnoitering mood, with time to go to a rocky edge and take a glimpse of the near-vertical scree down which he would shortly have to throw himself.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • So he entertained Wilson with some airs and graces and attitudes for a while, then stepped out of sight and resumed the other disguise, and by and by went down and out the back way and started downtown to reconnoiter the scene of his intended labors.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Star herself reconnoitered, and got acquainted in Nevia, too.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • This did not keep Popov from periodic reconnoitering.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • He’s reconnoitering a hole, sir.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • He turns away from the Raft, skims across the ocean to Port Sherman to do a bit of reconnoitering there.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Follonsbee, whom he had sent on a reconnoitering ride up the river, returned about sunset.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • They were supposed to stay there only until the neighborhood had been reconnoitered and suitable winter quarters found.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Joe said, "I’ll give you twenty bucks to reconnoiter for me, then come back and tell me where they are."
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • While you lay yonder without life or motion, I undertook a reconnoitering journey into the conformation of this other gallery.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Later, Hazel had said that there was nothing for it but to cross the open pasture and under Silver’s direction they had crossed it, with Dandelion running ahead to reconnoiter.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Perhaps it was a remaining villager, a wounded Austrian magically absorbed into the Italian ranks, or one of the collaborators who helped the Italians reconnoiter the newly captured territories.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Soon after the landing at Gravesend, accompanied by another general, Sir William Erskine, and Lord Rawdon, Clinton had ridden off to reconnoiter the rebel defenses and the few passes through the wooded Heights of Gowan.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • I am off to reconnoitre in the canoe.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • "We ought to reconnoitre now," he said, "because if any come near they may hear the spades and drop upon us unawares."
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • As we approached the point, I begged him to remain in a sheltered place, while I went on to reconnoitre; for it was towards it that the men had passed in the night.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The Emperor detached Domon’s division of light cavalry to reconnoitre in that quarter.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Once or twice I saw a ripple where he approached the surface, just put his head out to reconnoitre, and instantly dived again.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I am going out to reconnoitre—to see what life there is like.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • As he lived in barracks I was a little doubtful whether this was feasible, but we went out to reconnoitre.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Now, you and the Chief get up and cook breakfast, while I go up on the top of this mountain and reconnoitre.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • After such a nocturnal reconnoitre it is hard to get back to earth, and to believe that the consciousness of such majestic speeding is derived from a tiny human frame.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • In the meantime, Robin Hood had sent off several of his followers in different directions, as if to reconnoitre the enemy; and when he saw the company effectually broken up, he approached Richard, who was now completely armed, and, kneeling down on one knee, craved pardon of his Sovereign.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • When time had been given to the scouts of the enemy to reconnoitre, they burst out of the thicket upon the naked point, filling the air with yells of fury at discovering the death of their companion.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Venn resolved to reconnoitre somewhat carefully the lonely road which led along the vale from Wildeve’s dwelling to Clym’s house at Alderworth.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Let me draw closer into the shore, and reconnoitre.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • After which he proceeded to the margin of the thicket to reconnoitre.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • It was too light and too early to do anything, but they wanted to reconnoitre and get a look at the place.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • In two minutes Mr. Rann appeared at the door with very deferential bows, which, however, were far from conciliating Pug, who gave a sharp bark and ran across the room to reconnoitre the stranger’s legs; while the two puppies, regarding Mr. Rann’s prominent calf and ribbed worsted stockings from a more sensuous point of view, plunged and growled over them in great enjoyment.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • You can’t adjust one person," an agent says, meaning you need a group to make the tracks evident, and the coyotes usually bring the LA (illegal aliens) in groups, often sending scouts across first to reconnoiter the route.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • …war,) Lay dying—sons, daughters, church-deacons, lovingly tending him, Sharping their sense, their ears, towards his murmuring, half-caught words: "Let me return again to my war-days, To the sights and scenes—to forming the line of battle, To the scouts ahead reconnoitering, To the cannons, the grim artillery, To the galloping aides, carrying orders, To the wounded, the fallen, the heat, the suspense, The perfume strong, the smoke, the deafening noise; Away with your life of peace!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • This induced him to reconnoiter, with the result that he espied a wagon coming along the edge of the timber.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • At half-past three o’clock in the morning, he lost one illusion; officers who had been despatched to reconnoitre announced to him that the enemy was not making any movement.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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