Definition of recon in English:



North American
  • short for reconnaissance
    • ‘Once this task was complete, both air troops returned to the objective to conduct an area recon of six bridge sites.’
    • ‘This was to be a recon, designed to let them size up their opponent and plan an attack.’
    • ‘Since the recon was the main objective, along with laying the spy satellites, it was a risk they were willing to take.’
    • ‘They are extremely useful in aiding the reconnaissance-gathering capabilities of the battalion recon platoon.’
    • ‘During offensive missions, typically my company was tasked to destroy the enemy recon along the route, and then suppress the enemy at the point of penetration.’
    • ‘But along the way, you'll find yourself facing bad intelligence or in one case, the plane doing the recon goes down and you have to go in to finish your objective and rescue the pilot who was supposed to do your intelligence.’
    • ‘One of the recon teams had a radio intercept operator monitoring enemy transmissions as the battle went on.’
    • ‘Learn tactics, techniques, and procedures during your upcoming leader recons.’
    • ‘Using his charm and looks he could get anything he wanted any time he wanted and usually did all the secret recon and spy jobs.’
    • ‘We were going on our recon flight the following day.’
    • ‘With a general knowledge of this information, the commander is prepared to shift his recon focus rapidly during execution.’
    • ‘I scanned the open area behind us and could see the bright images of the recon team about 100 meters away, as they walked the landing zone looking for mines and anything else unsafe.’
    • ‘Like the characters of his novel, West served as a member of a five-man recon patrol.’
    • ‘Remember him showing all the aerial recon photographs in his speech at the UN?’
    • ‘This allows them to operate further from the parent recon platoon, while still maintaining a good communications link with the task force.’
    • ‘He conducts an in-depth recon and selection of proposed battery positions.’
    • ‘These methods are necessary to avoid letting enemy forces know they are under surveillance and to protect the small recon teams from larger military units.’
    • ‘Before the attack, supporting elements from the unit recon platoons evaluated the enemy situation and provided guides for the assault.’
    • ‘I need you to do a quick recon of the area and find out where we are in relation to the canyon.’
    • ‘I glanced at the large clock tower located in the center of the town for a moment, deciding that we had a while before the others would be finished with their own recon.’


North American
  • short for reconnoiter
    • ‘Ian and I will recon ahead and clear a landing zone for you.’
    • ‘Sometimes, it's also useful to bait the enemies, sending the team forward to recon, and then calling it back.’
    • ‘His CO, Major Mack Conrad, ordered Grace to take one of the company's Hurricane Mobile Assault Vehicles in to recon the city and see what kind of defenses had been set up.’
    • ‘In 1991, an eight-man SAS team was dropped into northern Iraq to recon mobile Scud launchers and neutralise them.’
    • ‘Trying to recon ahead with the whole squad, for example, often results in one man's folly exposing the entire squad and getting everyone else killed.’
    • ‘It seems they are concerned that their fortification is being, in some way, reconned for further attack.’
    • ‘He reconned a pool in York, Pennsylvania, and knew lots of spots in Jersey and New York City for us to skate.’
    • ‘In the past few days they had reconned the entire lower portion of the east face.’
    • ‘They are dispatched to recon the source of the transmission, but they end up making a terrible discovery.’
    • ‘He promptly took an aircraft out to the west to recon the tower.’