Definition of experience in US 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’
    • ‘In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment.’
    • ‘A couple of people on our steering committee had contacts and direct experience with people in Africa.’
    • ‘Here is one painful lesson learned from experience that I would like to pass on to others.’
    • ‘Bill is never a paragraph away from an anecdote, and everything he says is rooted in experience and fact.’
    • ‘The Brits have in fact had first-hand experience and proved themselves worthy.’
    • ‘In my experience most in fact do see their employees as being a valuable contribution to their business.’
    • ‘In fact, my experience on the ground in the region also highlights an extremely difficult road ahead.’
    • ‘None of this denies the epistemic role of experience, of observation, in scientific inquiry.’
    • ‘The fact that we need experience to grasp this meaning is irrelevant.’
    • ‘Students, as you may already know through experience or observation, do not have much money.’
    • ‘It argues that observation and experience are keys to constructing and judging scientific theories.’
    • ‘As time passed and his consciousness developed, he acquired knowledge by experience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The third chapter was particularly good, if only because I have a tiny amount of personal experience of events.’
    • ‘In fact, direct experience can be a fast way for kids to learn the ropes of misleading ad campaigns.’
    • ‘Does it draw accurately from our experience and whatever facts we can find?’
    • ‘In fact my experience is that these boots are simply not waterproof.’
    • ‘Start with observation, ordinary sensory experience of the world around you.’
    • ‘In fact, experience shows that intelligence extracted by duress is often flawed.’
    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’
      • ‘A great deal of training and experience is necessary to refine those technical skills.’
      • ‘The international vision is often based on earlier management experience and knowledge.’
      • ‘Not only does he have sound experience in organising major events, he is very familiar with the city and its local communities.’
      • ‘She also worked in London, where she gained experience in the health and beauty industry.’
      • ‘She opted to gain more field experience as well as pay off debt acquired over four years.’
      • ‘How did he gain the necessary experience in public relations consulting?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As training will be provided, no experience or skills are necessary, but they would be an advantage.’
      • ‘Others, however, who stay to gain management experience as officers and NCOs are highly regarded.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fact that I have experience in that field might help but I will only offer my advice if asked for it.’
      • ‘He said it was a pleasure to fish with such experts, who had 60 years fishing experience between them.’
      • ‘No experience is necessary, as professional instructors will provide full training.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He will apply them with the benefit of his professional skill and experience.’
      • ‘Most probably the oil industry will want to use his experience and contacts in some broader role.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘One of my most complicated and enjoyable roleplaying experiences was when I was playing in a game as a double agent.’
      • ‘Talking about bad service, I've had my fair share of experiences in the past month.’
      • ‘Does anybody think that the larger the scale of event, the more people will have these types of experiences?’
      • ‘She treasured and shared this experience and kept contact with the friends she made there.’
      • ‘Although it is often used in a religious context, it is entirely appropriate to apply it to secular experiences.’
      • ‘Our group is putting together a film of the visit, and we are only too happy to speak about our experiences at public events.’
      • ‘Traumatic experiences often put this conviction to the test - but the test can be passed.’
      • ‘I want him to write all the stuff he can remember about his early exploits and wartime experiences.’
      • ‘The former maths teacher who grew up on Arran is strong on learning experiences.’
      • ‘These experiences are stored in the form of subtle impressions in our subconscious mind.’
      • ‘That experience precipitated my first contact as an employee with a union.’
      • ‘Participants were asked to recall a traumatic event from their 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.’
      • ‘Many have found it to be one of the most profound and enjoyable experiences of their lives.’
      • ‘Future events will include a dance workshop and discussion of personal experiences.’
      • ‘One of the most enjoyable experiences was a visit to one of the famous Hungarian thermal bath houses.’
      • ‘A parent can make or break a kid by providing positive or negative 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]
  • 1Encounter or undergo (an event or occurrence)

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