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[rem-uh-nis] /ˌrɛm əˈnɪs/
verb (used without object), reminisced, reminiscing.
to recall past experiences, events, etc.; indulge in reminiscence.
Origin of reminisce
1820-30; back formation from reminiscence
remember, recollect, muse. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reminisces
  • The same goes for my grandfather, who still reminisces about the city.
  • In journal form, writer reminisces about the twenties giving random reflections and anecdotes.
  • The ninety-six-year-old ragtime musician reminisces about his many years in show business.
  • The famed minister reminisces about his evangelical work around the globe.
  • Charming and forceful old lady reminisces about her adventurous past and plans for the happiness and security of her descendants.
  • The author reminisces about his years in journalism.
  • And one particular older gentleman reminisces alone as he feeds the birds.
British Dictionary definitions for reminisces


(intransitive) to talk or write about old times, past experiences, etc
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Word Origin and History for reminisces



1829, "to recollect," back-formation from reminiscence. Meaning "indulge in reminiscences" is from 1871. "Somewhat colloquial" [OED]. Related: Reminisced; reminiscing.

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