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experience Line breaks: ex|peri|ence
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɪərɪəns/

Definition of experience in English:


1 [mass noun] Practical contact with and observation of facts or events: he had learned his lesson by painful experience she spoke from experience
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  • In fact, my experience on the ground in the region also highlights an extremely difficult road ahead.
  • A couple of people on our steering committee had contacts and direct experience with people in Africa.
  • Students, as you may already know through experience or observation, do not have much money.
1.1The knowledge or skill acquired by a period of practical experience of something, especially that gained in a particular profession: you should have the necessary experience in health management
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  • Along the way, your team gains experience and develops their skills.
  • How did he gain the necessary experience in public relations consulting?
  • We send officers abroad to gain experience and pass that knowledge to the other members.
skill, practical knowledge, practice;
training, learning, education, grounding, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, professionalism;
background, record, history, past;
maturity, worldliness, sophistication, suaveness;
Frenchsavoir faire
informal know-how
2An event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone: audition day is an enjoyable experience for any seven-year old
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  • All the teachers involved were impressed by the learning experiences of the children.
  • One of the most enjoyable experiences was a visit to one of the famous Hungarian thermal bath houses.
  • The former maths teacher who grew up on Arran is strong on learning experiences.
adventure, exploit, escapade;
circumstance, case;
test, trial, ordeal


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1Encounter or undergo (an event or occurrence): the company is experiencing difficulties
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  • About half the people who experience traumatic events and have a diagnosable psychiatric injury do not seek medical help.
  • Participants could return after one week if they experienced adverse events or deterioration.
  • We will experience events reflecting the inner world to match the outer.
undergo, encounter, meet, have experience of, come into contact with, run into, come across, come up against, face, be faced with, confront, be forced to contend with;
feel, know, become familiar with;
1.1Feel (an emotion or sensation): an opportunity to experience the excitement of New York
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  • These were living, breathing souls who could experience pain and emotions just as well as we can!
  • We intend to provide an opportunity for others to experience the joy and also comfort our faith brings to us.
  • I kept experiencing these sensations of feeling really hot, as if in a fever.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin experientia, from experiri 'try'. Compare with experiment and expert.



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  • Such objective knowledge would not consist in knowing the thing in itself, but in knowing the timeless patterns of the things that are experienceable by us.


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  • No experience can exist without it having some content and without it having some independent existence in the experiencer's mind.
  • These are not available to an experiencer possessed only with sense-data and the self-evident truths of logic.
  • The mind is the experiencer of suffering, not the physical body.

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