Experience definition

ĭk-spîrē-əns
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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Anything observed or lived through.

An experience he'll never forget.

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To have experience of; personally encounter or feel; meet with; undergo.
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To participate in personally; undergo.

Experience a great adventure; experienced loneliness.

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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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Collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
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The definition of experience is to have something happen.

An example of experience is to have a first kiss.

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Event(s) of which one is cognizant.

It was an experience he would not soon forget.

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The totality of such events in the past of an individual or group.
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All that has happened in one's life to date.

Not within his experience.

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Everything done or undergone by a group, people in general, etc.
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Knowledge, skill, or practice resulting from this.
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The knowledge thus gathered.
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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.

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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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Activity which one has performed.
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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 knowledge or skill so derived.
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An event or a series of events participated in or lived through.
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Activity that includes training, observation of practice, and personal participation.
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The period of such activity.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
experience
Plural:
experiences

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