Definition of experience in English:

experience

noun

  • 1mass noun Practical contact with and observation of facts or events.

    ‘he had learned his lesson by painful experience’
    ‘she spoke from experience’
    • ‘Students, as you may already know through experience or observation, do not have much money.’
    • ‘Here is one painful lesson learned from experience that I would like to pass on to others.’
    • ‘The Brits have in fact had first-hand experience and proved themselves worthy.’
    • ‘As time passed and his consciousness developed, he acquired knowledge by experience.’
    • ‘In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment.’
    • ‘Start with observation, ordinary sensory experience of the world around you.’
    • ‘Bill is never a paragraph away from an anecdote, and everything he says is rooted in experience and fact.’
    • ‘A couple of people on our steering committee had contacts and direct experience with people in Africa.’
    • ‘In fact, my experience on the ground in the region also highlights an extremely difficult road ahead.’
    • ‘In fact my experience is that these boots are simply not waterproof.’
    • ‘The third chapter was particularly good, if only because I have a tiny amount of personal experience of events.’
    • ‘The fact that we need experience to grasp this meaning is irrelevant.’
    • ‘In fact, direct experience can be a fast way for kids to learn the ropes of misleading ad campaigns.’
    • ‘It's a sad fact that age and experience are no longer accorded a proper respect in our society.’
    • ‘We have no experience with the full 2005 aero package.’
    • ‘Does it draw accurately from our experience and whatever facts we can find?’
    • ‘It argues that observation and experience are keys to constructing and judging scientific theories.’
    • ‘In fact, experience shows that intelligence extracted by duress is often flawed.’
    • ‘None of this denies the epistemic role of experience, of observation, in scientific inquiry.’
    • ‘In my experience most in fact do see their employees as being a valuable contribution to their business.’
    involvement in, participation in
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    1. 1.1 The knowledge or skill acquired by a period of practical experience of something, especially that gained in a particular profession.
      ‘you should have the necessary experience in health management’
      • ‘The international vision is often based on earlier management experience and knowledge.’
      • ‘He happened to be a barrister with considerable and very relevant professional experience and skills.’
      • ‘He will apply them with the benefit of his professional skill and experience.’
      • ‘As training will be provided, no experience or skills are necessary, but they would be an advantage.’
      • ‘A great deal of training and experience is necessary to refine those technical skills.’
      • ‘At 18 she started working in Ibiza and built up contacts and experience.’
      • ‘She said it was also necessary to have past experience of working in the show.’
      • ‘She also worked in London, where she gained experience in the health and beauty industry.’
      • ‘Most probably the oil industry will want to use his experience and contacts in some broader role.’
      • ‘Along the way, your team gains experience and develops their skills.’
      • ‘In addition they will gain valuable experience which could help them find employment or training opportunities.’
      • ‘We send officers abroad to gain experience and pass that knowledge to the other members.’
      • ‘Our salaries and recognition of our professional skills and experience have been eroded over many years.’
      • ‘How did he gain the necessary experience in public relations consulting?’
      • ‘No experience is necessary, as professional instructors will provide full training.’
      • ‘Others, however, who stay to gain management experience as officers and NCOs are highly regarded.’
      • ‘The fact that I have experience in that field might help but I will only offer my advice if asked for it.’
      • ‘She opted to gain more field experience as well as pay off debt acquired over four years.’
      • ‘He said it was a pleasure to fish with such experts, who had 60 years fishing experience between them.’
      • ‘Not only does he have sound experience in organising major events, he is very familiar with the city and its local communities.’
      skill, practical knowledge, practice
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  • 2An event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone.

    ‘audition day is an enjoyable experience for any seven-year old’
    • ‘A parent can make or break a kid by providing positive or negative experiences.’
    • ‘She treasured and shared this experience and kept contact with the friends she made there.’
    • ‘These experiences are stored in the form of subtle impressions in our subconscious mind.’
    • ‘Participants were asked to recall a traumatic event from their experiences.’
    • ‘Talking about bad service, I've had my fair share of experiences in the past month.’
    • ‘The former maths teacher who grew up on Arran is strong on learning experiences.’
    • ‘Traumatic experiences often put this conviction to the test - but the test can be passed.’
    • ‘In other words are there any unpleasant experiences associated with this event?’
    • ‘Future events will include a dance workshop and discussion of personal experiences.’
    • ‘All the teachers involved were impressed by the learning experiences of the children.’
    • ‘Does anybody think that the larger the scale of event, the more people will have these types of experiences?’
    • ‘One of the most enjoyable experiences was a visit to one of the famous Hungarian thermal bath houses.’
    • ‘That experience precipitated my first contact as an employee with a union.’
    • ‘One of my most complicated and enjoyable roleplaying experiences was when I was playing in a game as a double agent.’
    • ‘Although it is often used in a religious context, it is entirely appropriate to apply it to secular experiences.’
    • ‘For me, it was one of the most intriguing and enjoyable experiences of the festival.’
    • ‘During that period she suffered extremely traumatic experiences which it is not necessary to recount.’
    • ‘Our group is putting together a film of the visit, and we are only too happy to speak about our experiences at public events.’
    • ‘Many have found it to be one of the most profound and enjoyable experiences of their lives.’
    • ‘I want him to write all the stuff he can remember about his early exploits and wartime experiences.’
    incident, occurrence, event, happening, affair, episode, encounter
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Encounter or undergo (an event or occurrence)

    ‘the company is experiencing difficulties’
    • ‘About half the people who experience traumatic events and have a diagnosable psychiatric injury do not seek medical help.’
    • ‘A society which feels uncomfortable with itself tends to experience change as a destructive process.’
    • ‘Three years on and Europe has come to experience a spectacular reversal of fortune in the economic realm.’
    • ‘We do not believe the global economy will experience a severe downturn, nor do we foresee a major inflationary threat.’
    • ‘What is there to stop the same thing happening to the team should they experience a downturn in fortunes?’
    • ‘Most of those treated with the drug experienced adverse events at some time.’
    • ‘The only way we can experience such royal events now is vicariously, through our modern media.’
    • ‘It cited reasons of costs at a time when the economy was experiencing a downturn.’
    • ‘This was the greatest single disaster ever experienced by the British army.’
    • ‘In fact, just last month, the province came very close to experiencing a blackout of its own.’
    • ‘We will experience events reflecting the inner world to match the outer.’
    • ‘Sufferers may experience an acute episode, followed by long periods with no symptoms at all.’
    • ‘Participants could return after one week if they experienced adverse events or deterioration.’
    • ‘There are no equivalent political systems that are not experiencing this change.’
    • ‘You have to go to a few shows to fully experience this event that ebbs and flows like water.’
    • ‘Last year we experienced many significant events, some good and some not so good.’
    • ‘If that breaks down, they experience a failure in a core function, regardless of the cause.’
    • ‘We knew we would experience a difficult start because of our tight development schedule.’
    • ‘It was inevitable that a ratings war would happen just as the economy experiences a downturn and advertisers go cold.’
    • ‘What did this actually mean for the soldiers who experienced these events?’
    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
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    1. 1.1 Feel (an emotion or sensation)
      ‘an opportunity to experience the excitement of New York’
      • ‘Eventually, you will begin to actually experience the sensation of energy tingling up the spine.’
      • ‘The deepest spiritual emotions are often experienced while one is alone in nature.’
      • ‘We experience complex emotions and delicate beauty, feeling the vitality that only a human body can show.’
      • ‘To experience new emotions, good and bad, we have to climb the mountains, and swim the ocean.’
      • ‘You might experience love, lust or just friendly banter - whatever the outcome, it is worth a try.’
      • ‘Let us hope that the choice is made before families here have to experience the grief and suffering now being felt in Spain.’
      • ‘If you are someone who experiences depression or anxiety attacks you are welcome to come along.’
      • ‘I have always said that I prefer to experience feelings to the full rather than shy away from them.’
      • ‘She is returning for a family wedding in November and wants to know whether she will experience culture shock.’
      • ‘These were living, breathing souls who could experience pain and emotions just as well as we can!’
      • ‘For young men who experience feelings of despair the outlook is bleaker.’
      • ‘In fact, it is when we experience intense emotion that wisdom is closest at hand.’
      • ‘Competing at the world level gives me the opportunity to experience that feeling.’
      • ‘I kept experiencing these sensations of feeling really hot, as if in a fever.’
      • ‘We intend to provide an opportunity for others to experience the joy and also comfort our faith brings to us.’
      • ‘Fear is a powerful emotion experienced by many people with musculoskeletal disorders.’
      • ‘The coach, if not his players, can be excused for experiencing a pang of apprehension.’
      • ‘Sometimes when people experience hunger pangs, their body is actually telling them that it needs water.’
      • ‘These patients have no awareness of their surroundings, nor do they experience sensations.’
      • ‘As a novelist myself, I often experience those edgy emotions with respect to fellow novelists.’
      undergo, go through, bear, endure, suffer, be forced to contend with
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin experientia, from experiri ‘try’. Compare with experiment and expert.

Pronunciation

experience

/ɛkˈspɪərɪəns//ɪkˈspɪərɪəns/