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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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," 18 June 2018 After Khloé welcomed True Thompson on April 12, big sister Kim reminisced about the experience on Twitter. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Times Kardashians Helped Deliver Each Other's (and Their Own) Babies," 24 Sep. 2018 During the interview, Ariana also reminisced about the one time Aretha surprised her with a phone call, asking her to listen to a relative's music. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Will Perform at Aretha Franklin's Funeral," 29 Aug. 2018 Those who loved the studio’s work have been reminiscing over the past week, and in addition to fans sharing their favorite moments, many former developers have used the studio’s closure as an opportunity to share internal jokes. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Former Telltale devs share the best goofs you never saw," 29 Sep. 2018 Vikings fans loved reminiscing about that play that broke Aaron Rodgers' collarbone. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Beer garden opening dates, mean Vikings fans and the Sister Jean bobblehead," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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