rem·​i·​nisce | \ˌre-mə-ˈnis \
reminisced; reminiscing

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reminiscer \ ˌre-​mə-​ˈni-​sər \ 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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The Bloomberg Markets reporter is reminiscing about the days when weaker economic data gave bulls cause for joy. David Rovella,, "Your Evening Briefing," 4 May 2018 Speakers reminisced on happier times shared by the class of 2018. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe pauses to celebrate graduates two weeks after school shooting," 1 June 2018 Dern reminisced about how the two were stranded in Hungary after the film ran out of funding. Washington Post, "AFI highlights Clooney’s life of acting, activism and pranks," 19 June 2018 Dern reminisced about how the two were stranded in Hungary after the film ran out of funding. Pablo Arauz Pena,, "AFI highlights George Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks," 19 June 2018 More ways to get a bronze glow: Now reminisce about '90s beauty trends: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Becca and Chrissy Teigen Teased a Glittery New Beauty Product on Instagram," 18 June 2018 On Twitter, author and notable Baltimorean Laura Lippman reminisced about Bourdian’s candor and charm. Anna Muckerman,, "Remembering Anthony Bourdain and his rocky relationship with Baltimore," 8 June 2018 Bourdain reminisced, during a 2014 episode of his popular television series that aired on CNN. Steve Annear,, "In 2014 show, Bourdain explored the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and his early drug use," 8 June 2018 While driving to the store, Ami and Taka reminisce about their first days in the house. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "The Final Scene of This Episode of Terrace House Is a Great Piece of Television," 29 May 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 \
reminisced; reminiscing

Kids Definition of reminisce

: to talk or think about things in the past

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