Experience meaning

ĭk-spîrē-əns
The definition of experience is to have something happen.

An example of experience is to have a first kiss.

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The act of living through an event or events; personal involvement in or observation of events as they occur.
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The apprehension of an object, thought, or emotion through the senses or mind.

A child's first experience of snow.

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To have experience of; personally encounter or feel; meet with; undergo.
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Anything observed or lived through.

An experience he'll never forget.

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Experience is defined as something that happens to someone.

An example of experience is the first day of high school.

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Activity which one has performed.
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Collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
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Event(s) of which one is cognizant.

It was an experience he would not soon forget.

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To participate in personally; undergo.

Experience a great adventure; experienced loneliness.

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The knowledge thus gathered.
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: 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.
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The effect on a person of anything or everything that has happened to that person; individual reaction to events, feelings, etc.
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Origin of experience

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin experientia from experiēns experient- present participle of experīrī to try per-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary