experience[ek spir′ē əns, ik-]
- Experience is defined as something that happens to someone.
An example of experience is the first day of high school.
- The definition of experience is to have something happen.
An example of experience is to have a first kiss.
- the act of living through an event or events; personal involvement in or observation of events as they occur
- anything observed or lived through: an experience he'll never forget
- all that has happened in one's life to date: not within his experience
- everything done or undergone by a group, people in general, etc.
- the effect on a person of anything or everything that has happened to that person; individual reaction to events, feelings, etc.
- activity that includes training, observation of practice, and personal participation
- the period of such activity
- knowledge, skill, or practice resulting from this
Origin of experienceMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin experientia, trial, proof, experiment ; from experiens, present participle of experiri, to try, test: see peril
- The apprehension of an object, thought, or emotion through the senses or mind: a child's first experience of snow.
- a. Active participation in events or activities, leading to the accumulation of knowledge or skill: a lesson taught by experience; a carpenter with experience in roof repair.b. The knowledge or skill so derived.
- a. An event or a series of events participated in or lived through.b. The totality of such events in the past of an individual or group.
transitive verbex·per·i·enced, ex·per·i·enc·ing, ex·per·i·enc·es
Origin of experienceMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin experientia, from experiēns, experient-, present participle of experīrī, to try; see per-3 in Indo-European roots.
- Event(s) of which one is cognizant.
- It was an experience he would not soon forget.
- Activity which one has performed.
- Collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
- The knowledge thus gathered.
- Adjectives often applied to "experience": broad, wide, good, bad, great, amazing, horrible, terrible, pleasant, unpleasant, educational, financial, military, commercial, academic, political, industrial, sexual, romantic, religious, mystical, spiritual, psychedelic, scientific, human, magical, intense, deep, humbling, unforgettable, unique, exciting, exhilarating.
(third-person singular simple present experiences, present participle experiencing, simple past and past participle experienced)
- : To observe certain events; undergo a certain feeling or process; or perform certain actions that may alter one or contribute to one's knowledge, opinions, or skills.
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin experientia (“a trial, proof, experiment, experimental knowledge, experience”), from experiens, present participle of experiri (“to try, put to the test, undertake, undergo”), from ex (“out”) + *periri (“to go through”), in past participle peritus (“experienced, expert”); see expert and peril.