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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Recent Examples on the Web Editor’s note On the 10th anniversary of the 2010 World Series championship season, the first in San Francisco, The Chronicle is reminiscing with 10 key players from that team. Henry Schulman,, "10 Giants from 2010: Bengie Molina still hurt by midyear trade, jeers from fans," 6 May 2020 A few pints of bitter also offer a chance to reminisce. The Economist, "Football marks the boundary between England’s winners and losers," 29 Feb. 2020 That surprised Aikman, who reminisced on McCarthy taking back play-calling duties in 2016 in Green Bay. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Troy Aikman on Cowboys' Mike McCarthy: ‘I don’t think they could have hired a better coach’," 28 Jan. 2020 During his virtual chat with Hudson, the two reminisced on costarring in the 2000 film Almost Famous, remembering how well the cast got along and hanging out together. Rachel Yang,, "Kate Hudson joins Nicole Kidman on Jimmy Fallon's list of missed dating opportunities," 28 Apr. 2020 In the meantime, the home renovation stars are hosting a 4-hour special, reminiscing on how their journey began and sharing what's to come on their new network. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Hosting a 4-Hour TV Special on Sunday," 21 Apr. 2020 For many of us, adjusting to a less nomadic lifestyle has meant finding creative ways to sate our wanderlust, from reminiscing about past trips to planning for future ones. Erin Riley, Outside Online, "This Virtual Tour Cured My Travel Withdrawal," 17 Apr. 2020 Ahead of the show’s finale on Wednesday evening, cast members posted heartfelt tributes to social media, reminiscing on the 11-year comedy, which premiered in 2009. Natalie Stone,, "Modern Family's Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland and Cast Say Goodbye to Series in Emotional Tributes," 8 Apr. 2020 This Passover, Sarah Harlan, the director of The Temple's religious school, is reminiscing on the Passovers of her childhood when her father would embellish the Exodus tale. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "A change to tradition: Louisville synagogues prepare to celebrate a sacred holiday virtually," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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“Reminisce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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