reminisce

verb
rem·​i·​nisce | \ ˌre-mə-ˈnis How to pronounce reminisce (audio) \
reminisced; reminiscing

Essential Meaning of reminisce

: to talk, think, or write about things that happened in the past He reminisced with old buddies at his high school reunion. She reminisced about her time in Europe.

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reminiscer \ ˌre-​mə-​ˈni-​sər How to pronounce reminisce (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 Throughout the episodes, these friends continually reminisce about the fifth member of their group and best friend Daniel, who tragically passed away one year earlier. Devery Jacobs, Time, 14 Sep. 2021 Yuan would later reminisce about his time in Europe, and occasionally gripe about having to relinquish his research to focus on the P4 lab’s construction, Nielsen-LeRoux said. Eva Dou, Pei Lin Wu, Quentin Aries, Rebecca Tan, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2021 San Diego jazz fans will longingly reminisce about his many performances here at Dizzy’s. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2021 Yuan would later reminisce about his time in Europe, and occasionally gripe about having to relinquish his research to focus on the P4 lab’s construction, Nielsen-LeRoux said. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 The shakes — which people still reminisce about — are still mainstays on the menu. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 July 2021 In the days since the Surfside collapse, Pettengill’s fraternity brothers have been reconnecting to remember their beloved friend and reminisce about the old days. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 15 July 2021 Having a turntable to reminisce with my childhood music is always welcome. Gregg Ellman, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 As fans who follow the duo on social media know all too well, the actors and real-life friends love to reminisce about the on-screen drama between their iconic Grey's Anatomy characters. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 13 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reminisce. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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reminisce

verb
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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