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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 Diary, 1970
He reminisced with old buddies at his high school reunion.
She reminisced about her time in Europe.
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of reminisce
back-formation from reminiscence
First Known Use: 1829
Synonym Discussion of reminisce
REMINISCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reminisce for English Language Learners
: to talk, think, or write about things that happened in the past
REMINISCE Defined for Kids
Definition of reminisce for Students
: to talk or think about things in the past
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