Definition of experience in English:

experience

noun

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

    ‘he had already learned his lesson by painful experience’
    ‘he spoke from experience’
    • ‘The fact that we need experience to grasp this meaning is irrelevant.’
    • ‘In fact, my experience on the ground in the region also highlights an extremely difficult road ahead.’
    • ‘Bill is never a paragraph away from an anecdote, and everything he says is rooted in experience and fact.’
    • ‘We have no experience with the full 2005 aero package.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here is one painful lesson learned from experience that I would like to pass on to others.’
    • ‘A couple of people on our steering committee had contacts and direct experience with people in Africa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a sad fact that age and experience are no longer accorded a proper respect in our society.’
    • ‘The Brits have in fact had first-hand experience and proved themselves worthy.’
    • ‘In fact, direct experience can be a fast way for kids to learn the ropes of misleading ad campaigns.’
    • ‘In my experience most in fact do see their employees as being a valuable contribution to their business.’
    • ‘Students, as you may already know through experience or observation, do not have much money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As time passed and his consciousness developed, he acquired knowledge by experience.’
    • ‘None of this denies the epistemic role of experience, of observation, in scientific inquiry.’
    • ‘Does it draw accurately from our experience and whatever facts we can find?’
    involvement in, participation in
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    1. 1.1 The knowledge or skill acquired by experience over a period of time, especially that gained in a particular profession by someone at work.
      ‘older men whose experience could be called upon’
      ‘candidates with the necessary experience’
      • ‘He will apply them with the benefit of his professional skill and experience.’
      • ‘Not only does he have sound experience in organising major events, he is very familiar with the city and its local communities.’
      • ‘He said it was a pleasure to fish with such experts, who had 60 years fishing experience between them.’
      • ‘At 18 she started working in Ibiza and built up contacts and experience.’
      • ‘We send officers abroad to gain experience and pass that knowledge to the other members.’
      • ‘She also worked in London, where she gained experience in the health and beauty industry.’
      • ‘The international vision is often based on earlier management experience and knowledge.’
      • ‘The fact that I have experience in that field might help but I will only offer my advice if asked for it.’
      • ‘She said it was also necessary to have past experience of working in the show.’
      • ‘Along the way, your team gains experience and develops their skills.’
      • ‘No experience is necessary, as professional instructors will provide full training.’
      • ‘In addition they will gain valuable experience which could help them find employment or training opportunities.’
      • ‘As training will be provided, no experience or skills are necessary, but they would be an advantage.’
      • ‘She opted to gain more field experience as well as pay off debt acquired over four years.’
      • ‘A great deal of training and experience is necessary to refine those technical skills.’
      • ‘Others, however, who stay to gain management experience as officers and NCOs are highly regarded.’
      • ‘Our salaries and recognition of our professional skills and experience have been eroded over many years.’
      • ‘Most probably the oil industry will want to use his experience and contacts in some broader role.’
      • ‘How did he gain the necessary experience in public relations consulting?’
      • ‘He happened to be a barrister with considerable and very relevant professional experience and skills.’
      skill, practical knowledge, practice
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    2. 1.2 An event or occurrence that leaves an impression on someone.
      ‘for the younger players it has been a learning experience’
      • ‘In other words are there any unpleasant experiences associated with this event?’
      • ‘Talking about bad service, I've had my fair share of experiences in the past month.’
      • ‘For me, it was one of the most intriguing and enjoyable experiences of the festival.’
      • ‘Participants were asked to recall a traumatic event from their experiences.’
      • ‘That experience precipitated my first contact as an employee with a union.’
      • ‘These experiences are stored in the form of subtle impressions in our subconscious mind.’
      • ‘Future events will include a dance workshop and discussion of personal experiences.’
      • ‘She treasured and shared this experience and kept contact with the friends she made there.’
      • ‘Traumatic experiences often put this conviction to the test - but the test can be passed.’
      • ‘During that period she suffered extremely traumatic experiences which it is not necessary to recount.’
      • ‘I want him to write all the stuff he can remember about his early exploits and wartime experiences.’
      • ‘Does anybody think that the larger the scale of event, the more people will have these types of experiences?’
      • ‘The former maths teacher who grew up on Arran is strong on learning experiences.’
      • ‘Many have found it to be one of the most profound and enjoyable experiences of their lives.’
      • ‘Our group is putting together a film of the visit, and we are only too happy to speak about our experiences at public events.’
      • ‘One of the most enjoyable experiences was a visit to one of the famous Hungarian thermal bath houses.’
      • ‘One of my most complicated and enjoyable roleplaying experiences was when I was playing in a game as a double agent.’
      • ‘A parent can make or break a kid by providing positive or negative experiences.’
      • ‘Although it is often used in a religious context, it is entirely appropriate to apply it to secular experiences.’
      • ‘All the teachers involved were impressed by the learning experiences of the children.’
      incident, occurrence, event, happening, affair, episode, encounter
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Encounter or undergo (an event or occurrence)

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

/ˌikˈspirēəns/