verb (used without object), rem·i·nisced, rem·i·nisc·ing.

to recall past experiences, events, etc.; indulge in reminiscence.

Origin of reminisce

First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from reminiscence

Synonyms for reminisce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reminisce

Contemporary Examples of reminisce

Historical Examples of reminisce

  • You can reminisce about how you helped me carry wood while I recited passages of poem out of that book at you.'


    Ellis Parker Butler

  • "I recall the first man I ever killed—" Pop started to reminisce softly.

    The Night of the Long Knives

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • Deciding that Henry could reminisce just as well without a listener, Robert quietly ordered the robot to turn itself off.

    Manners of the Age

    Horace Brown Fyfe

British Dictionary definitions for reminisce



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

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

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