rem·​i·​nisce | \ ˌre-mə-ˈnis How to pronounce reminisce (audio) \
reminisced; reminiscing

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reminiscer \ ˌre-​mə-​ˈni-​sər How to pronounce reminisce (audio) \ noun

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remember, recollect, recall, remind, reminisce mean to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind. remember implies a keeping in memory that may be effortless or unwilled. remembers that day as though it were yesterday recollect implies a bringing back to mind what is lost or scattered. as near as I can recollect recall suggests an effort to bring back to mind and often to re-create in speech. can't recall the words of the song remind suggests a jogging of one's memory by an association or similarity. that reminds me of a story reminisce implies a casual often nostalgic recalling of experiences long past and gone. old college friends like to reminisce

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Reminisce and its relative reminiscence come from the mind—that is to say, they come from the Latin word for "mind," which is mens. A root related to mens teamed up with the prefix re- to create the Latin verb reminisci ("to remember"), an ancestor of both words. Reminisce is one of several English verbs starting with re- that mean "to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind." Others in this group include remember, recall, remind, and recollect. Reminisce distinguishes itself from the others by implying a casual recalling of experiences long past, often with a sense of nostalgia.

Examples of reminisce in a Sentence

Ray pauses to point out the Whisky a Go Go, on Sunset Boulevard, and reminisces about the night Elvis Presley went there to see the Kinks play. — David Wild, Rolling Stone, 13 May 1993 When relatives reminisce about my great-grandfather, they almost always precede it with some reference to his affection for me. — Donna Tartt, Harper's, July 1992 We had apple fritters, roast chicken, an enormous lunch, with Mrs. Truman talkative, easy, and the President reminiscing and telling jokes. — Lady Bird Johnson 2 Sept. 1965,, A White House Diary1970 He reminisced with old buddies at his high school reunion. She reminisced about her time in Europe.
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Recent Examples on the Web Years from now, New York Jets fans might reminisce about this night and remember it as the moment everything changed for the better. Andy Vasquez, USA TODAY, "QB Zach Wilson selected No. 2 overall in NFL draft by New York Jets," 30 Apr. 2021 Colin Angle, iRobot’s CEO, likes to reminisce about the company’s humble origins above the strip mall., "A $1 billion company at home above a dollar store," 30 Mar. 2021 At some point during the long, numbing stretch of time that characterized most of last year, a friend reached out to reminisce about going to see a group of samba musicians on the street in São Paulo, Brazil. New York Times, "5 Notes From a Quiet Year: How Music Survived the Pandemic," 11 Mar. 2021 Frequently, clients like to reminisce about how their family members from previous generations handled their money. Jonathan I. Shenkman, Forbes, "Don’t Let ‘Anchoring’ Weigh Down Your Retirement Strategy," 24 Feb. 2021 These days, the Irish wake, Jewish shiva or other gathering rituals where people reminisce and grieve together are small. Washington Post, "Ashes in the mail: Dealing with the loss of a loved one has changed in the covid era," 2 Mar. 2021 Foster and Koblik come to the Clippers or Lakers game and reminisce afterward. Chris Ballard, Los Angeles Times, "The SoCal night Gregg Popovich’s Hall of Fame career nearly died before it began," 25 Mar. 2021 These are the kind of games players point to from a young age and reminisce about in retirement. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Listless Louisville inspires little confidence, now awaits NCAA tourney fate," 11 Mar. 2021 After his team’s game against Round Lake on Thursday, Wauconda coach Scott Luetschwager couldn’t help but reminisce about last season’s matchup between the Northern Lake County Conference co-champions. Nick Frazier,, "Wauconda doesn’t need a star player this season. A third straight win, this time against Round Lake, shows that.," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of reminisce

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reminisce

back-formation from reminiscence

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10 May 2021

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“Reminisce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reminisce

: to talk, think, or write about things that happened in the past


rem·​i·​nisce | \ ˌre-mə-ˈnis How to pronounce reminisce (audio) \
reminisced; reminiscing

Kids Definition of reminisce

: to talk or think about things in the past

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