Definition of experience in English:


Line breaks: ex|peri|ence
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɪərɪəns
, ɛk-/



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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; live/go through, sustain, suffer, endure, tolerate; participate in, taste, try
  • 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.



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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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