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 reminiscer (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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Timed with New York’s Winter Antiques Show, which Buatta had chaired for many years, 300 invited guests braved a wickedly cold night to laugh, cry, and reminisce about their favorite decorator and prankster. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "Inside Mario Buatta's Final High Society Farewell," 23 Jan. 2019 Henry told Marrkand recently in their Milton condo, reminiscing about the early days of their relationship. Lauren Fox,, "They loved once in silence. Now, they are celebrating 50 years together," 27 June 2019 But Lea and Darren weren’t the only ones reminiscing about more glee-ful times. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, and More Celebrate "Glee" 10-Year Anniversary," 20 May 2019 Several commenters reminisced on the days of Met Galas past, when more classic black-tie fare was the norm. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Why Some Designers Weren't Happy About This Year's Over-the-Top Met Gala," 8 May 2019 But looks aren’t the only thing Miley is reminiscing about. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Got a Hannah Montana Haircut and Sang "Nobody’s Perfect" and "Best of Both Worlds"," 29 Mar. 2019 Irma Raque, former owner of Kaelin's Restaurant, reminisces about her parents creating the cheeseburger. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "80/20 at Kaelin's wants to honor restaurant's history - not imitate it," 24 May 2018 The two reminisce about Claire, and John promises Bree her parents are doing their best to save Roger. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4 Episode 12 Clip: Bree and Lord John Are Bonding—In Wilmington," 17 Jan. 2019 That original tweet racked up 60,000 likes and nearly 2,000 responses, as fans of Glee both reminisced on quirkier moments and also called out some problematic scenes. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Fans Remember "Glee" and Its Most Absurd, Problematic Plot Arcs," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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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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