Definition of recce in English:



  • another term for reconnaissance
    • ‘Admittedly, I haven't done a thorough recce of the building.’
    • ‘Their parents often bring them in for a recce in the October holiday week.’
    • ‘After a quick recce and an enjoyable evening in the hotel bar, I headed back to my room in the knowledge that I was not in Malta merely to relax - I was here to dive.’
    • ‘Our first visit in November was largely as a recce and investigation of possibilities.’
    • ‘Plans are dependent on securing suitable locations and there will be a preliminary recce in November, with shooting scheduled for the second half of next year.’
    • ‘As my caving kit was already up the hill, and having spent yesterday doing a surface recce, I was first in line for a trip underground.’
    • ‘At low tide such hidey-holes are usually visible and it's a good idea to have a recce before the estuary begins to fill again.’
    • ‘We cruise past the Cloister Gardens and Station Yard car park and Special Constables Mark Cook and James Fry brave the cold to do a quick recce around the abbey but all is quiet.’
    • ‘We'd throw a rope round a tree and the children would dash off along the towpath for a recce while the adults threw together a little light salad and uncorked a local rosé.’
    • ‘Our general attitude was to do what we could - the boss would go out on a recce and line up jobs for us, keeping us busy.’
    • ‘Every day a team led by an assistant engineer from each ward does a recce of roads in its jurisdiction.’
    • ‘But after five minutes or so, when it hadn't died down, I went for a recce.’
    • ‘He did a quick recce and said that there was nobody queueing, and argued, correctly, that most of the passengers appeared to be either watching a film or working on their laptops.’
    • ‘During the recce, the helicopter would land on one of the islands used in aircraft bombing missions.’
    • ‘After extensive recces across Britain, we were stunned by the richness of possibilities at home.’
    • ‘Sources said the firm, which recently sent a team of officials to Thailand on a recce, is keen on the country.’
    • ‘It's been a while since our last recce of the hardware sites.’
    • ‘Matt Holland said: ‘This time yesterday, when we came to do a recce of the site, it was pouring with rain.’’
    • ‘A brief recce of the room that I believed would serve to be my home until the following morning revealed more worrying signs.’
    • ‘When I first went out to New York to do a recce for ‘Changing Lanes’, I stumbled upon a very unprepossessing restaurant.’


  • another term for reconnoitre
    • ‘He was the first commander to sanction his men crossing the Irish border on illegal reconnaissance missions into the Republic to recce IRA arms caches.’
    • ‘Despite not having time to recce more than a couple of stages, the pair took their Escort to third place in class C2.’
    • ‘I've just been to recce the new office (and see if my car still works).’
    • ‘Last August I was one of five Persians and four Westerners - three women and six men - who set off to recce a route by jeep through the deserts, mountains and ‘emptylands’ of north and north-east Iran.’
    • ‘Arriving at an estuary at low water allows the opportunity to recce the channels carved in the mud by the freshwater runoff, so a bait dropped into these channels when the flounder begin to run up with the tide is very likely to find the fish.’
    • ‘Being character driven the locations had to suit the characters and we had to recce hundreds of locations before the right ones were found.’
    • ‘Sébastien Loeb was in Mexico to recce the route in 2003.’
    • ‘‘They recce the rooms six weeks earlier and work out what they are going to do,’ she said.’
    • ‘In the same way as he or she might recce locations with the cinematographer, I make regular food-tasting trips with my chef - it's important to check things out, whether it's the best dumpling in Shanghai or the perfect egg tart in Hong Kong.’
    • ‘You get pace notes before the event to assist you, but you are not allowed to recce the stages, so in that sense it will be new to all of us.’
    • ‘We learned that shortly after the exercise started, they entered the area to recce the target.’
    • ‘Our plan is now to carry on in both areas, and also begin to recce to the north to investigate other areas that may need support.’
    • ‘A team of eight MPs spent a week in East Timor ahead of the minister's visit to recce the locations to be visited.’
    • ‘It is feared that this may cause serious risks in that spies or terrorists could use it to recce sensitive British sites for potential attack.’


1940s: abbreviation.