I know this is a strange concept. But I am looking for a word that embodies the sense of "presentize". So something like this:

she strived to believe that her husband is not dead and that the past in which he resides is her present. She was ____ her past.

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    The usual expression is 'living in the past'. She was refusing to let go of the past. Aug 27, 2016 at 16:11
  • @EdwinAshworth Yes. But I want a verb that succinctly conveys that phrase.
    – whitedevil
    Aug 27, 2016 at 16:16
  • Yes. But I doubt there is one. Aug 27, 2016 at 16:37
  • @EdwinAshworth - Alternatiives for "living in the past" are "retreat or seek refuge in the past".
    – Graffito
    Aug 27, 2016 at 19:57
  • @Graffito 'Seek refuge' wasn't a verb last time I looked, and are you really suggesting 'She was retreating her past'? Perhaps you're suggesting these as further workarounds? Aug 27, 2016 at 21:23

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From oxforddictionaries.com:

relive VERB

[WITH OBJECT] Live through (an experience or feeling, especially an unpleasant one) again in one’s imagination or memory:

he broke down sobbing as he relived the attack

More example sentences:

However, unless you were part of the experience and want to relive the fun, you should probably pass on this one.

Just reliving the feeling of his arm around me after all of these years was still sending electric shocks all over my body.

He stared at me with his small, observant eyes and it seemed to me as if he was reliving some experience of his with his mother.

  • It's probably as close as one can get, but the sense of refusing to let go of the past isn't present. Aug 27, 2016 at 21:27

With her memory of her husband, ..... She was stuck in her past.
Or end it with Her present is her past.
She was taken by her past. She was controlled by her past.
She was captivated by her past. She was drawn in by her past. She was tornadoed by her past.

Hope these help or at least spawn an idea for you. RW


She was revisiting her past. But that sounds like it is a temporary condition. If she refuses to accept her new reality, then she could be "living in the past"


She was evoking her past... educing bethinking perhaps eliciting?

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    Welcome to ELU SE. Good suggestions. Can you add a reference or a definition to say why you would choose these words?
    – Pam
    Apr 8, 2018 at 8:27

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