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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
First recorded in 1820-30; back formation from reminiscence
remember, recollect, muse. Unabridged
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  • They fell to reminiscing, and the conversation turned to Billy-Boy.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • On my own part, I was only reminiscing upon the travels of this old tea set.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • A school friend, reminiscing about Humphrey, told of a walk several of them took one hot day.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • They know some of the same people at home and spent an hour reminiscing after dinner.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
  • But thinking, dreaming, reminiscing would not bring it all back for there was only one answer to still the longing: work.

    The Ultimate Experiment Thornton DeKy
British Dictionary definitions for reminiscing


(intransitive) to talk or write about old times, past experiences, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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