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

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • For a long time afterwards she sat dreaming, reminiscing in sweet fancy every word and smile Theodore had given her.

    Rose O'Paradise Grace Miller White
  • 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
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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