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verb (used without object), rem·i·nisced, rem·i·nisc·ing.
  1. to recall past experiences, events, etc.; indulge in reminiscence.

Origin of reminisce

First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from reminiscence


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remember, recollect, muse.
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Examples from the Web for reminisced

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Historical Examples

  • In the intervals he reminisced to the rector about the neighbourhood.

  • Finally we retired to a pool-room, where I reminisced to an ever augmenting audience.

    Down the Yellowstone

    Lewis R. Freeman

  • Judge Florence reminisced from the head of the table: "In '68 we knew what to do with such riff-raff."


    Clement Wood

British Dictionary definitions for reminisced


  1. (intr) to talk or write about old times, past experiences, etc
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Word Origin and History for reminisced



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

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