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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 reminiscing
  • Candy had a blast reminiscing about her snakehead days.
  • It certainly isn't the sheer joy of reminiscing to a snoopy foreign writer.
  • Looking over a haul of digital photos can involve as much regret over fudged shots as reminiscing over golden moments.
  • You're reminiscing about a friend who moved away years ago, and then she arrives unexpectedly at your door.
  • Buying and decorating the tree, arguing, laughing and reminiscing.
  • It's not often that a single word in a newspaper prompts surprise and pleasant reminiscing.
  • All anglers have some great days about which they enjoy reminiscing.
British Dictionary definitions for reminiscing


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



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

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