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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.
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Origin of reminisce

First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from reminiscence


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remember, recollect, muse.
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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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for reminiscing


  1. (intr) to talk or write about old times, past experiences, etc
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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.

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