Definition of experience in English:


Syllabification: ex·pe·ri·ence
Pronunciation: /ikˈspi(ə)rēəns


  • 1Practical contact with and observation of facts or events: he had already learned his lesson by painful experience he 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.
    involvement in, participation in, contact with, acquaintance with, exposure to, observation of, awareness of, insight into
  • 1.1The knowledge or skill acquired by experience over a period of time, especially that gained in a particular profession by someone at work: older men whose experience could be called upon candidates with the necessary experience
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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, knowledge, practical knowledge, understanding; background, record, history; maturity, worldliness, sophistication
    informal know-how
  • 1.2An event or occurrence that leaves an impression on someone: for the younger players it has been a learning experience
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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.


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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, come into contact with, come across, come up against, face, be faced with
  • 1.1Feel (an emotion): 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.



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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.


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

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