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

Related Words for reminisced

remind, remember, recall, review, mind, revive, recollect, retain, bethink, cite, retrospect

Examples from the Web for reminisced

Contemporary Examples of reminisced

Historical Examples of reminisced

  • 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



(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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