the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities
"a man of experience"; "experience is the best teacher"
the content of direct observation or participation in an event
"he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"
an event as apprehended
"a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"
experience, see, go through(verb)
go or live through
"We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam"
know, experience, live(verb)
have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
"I know the feeling!"; "have you ever known hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces"
experience, receive, have, get(verb)
go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
"get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
"She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"
"The stocks had a fast run-up"
Event(s) of which one is cognizant.
It was an experience he would not soon forget.
Activity which one has performed.
Collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
The knowledge thus gathered.
: 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.
trial, as a test or experiment
the effect upon the judgment or feelings produced by any event, whether witnessed or participated in; personal and direct impressions as contrasted with description or fancies; personal acquaintance; actual enjoyment or suffering
an act of knowledge, one or more, by which single facts or general truths are ascertained; experimental or inductive knowledge; hence, implying skill, facility, or practical wisdom gained by personal knowledge, feeling or action; as, a king without experience of war
Origin: [F. exprience, L. experientia, tr. experiens, experientis, p. pr. of experiri, expertus, to try; ex out + the root of peritus experienced. See Peril, and cf. Expert.]
Experience as a general concept comprises knowledge of or skill of some thing or some event gained through involvement in or exposure to that thing or event. The history of the word experience aligns it closely with the concept of experiment. For example, the word experience could be used in a statement like: "I have experience in fishing". The concept of experience generally refers to know-how or procedural knowledge, rather than propositional knowledge: on-the-job training rather than book-learning. Philosophers dub knowledge based on experience "empirical knowledge" or "a posteriori knowledge". The interrogation of experience has a long tradition in continental philosophy. Experience plays an important role in the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. The German term Erfahrung, often translated into English as "experience", has a slightly different implication, connoting the coherency of life's experiences. A person with considerable experience in a specific field can gain a reputation as an expert. Certain religious traditions and educational paradigms with, for example, the conditioning of military recruit-training, stress the experiential nature of human epistemology. This stands in contrast to alternatives: traditions of dogma, logic or reasoning. Participants in activities such as tourism, extreme sports and recreational drug-use also tend to stress the importance of experience.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
eks-pē′ri-ens, n. thorough trial of: practical acquaintance with any matter gained by trial: repeated trial: long and varied observation, personal or general: wisdom derived from the changes and trials of life.—v.t. to make trial of, or practical acquaintance with: to prove or know by use: to suffer, undergo.—p.adj. Expē′rienced, taught by experience: skilful: wise.—adjs. Expē′rienceless, having no experience; Experien′tial, pertaining to or derived from experience.—ns. Experien′tialism; Experien′tialist.—Experience meeting, a religious meeting, where those present relate their religious experiences. [Fr.,—L. experientia, from experīri—ex, inten., and old verb perīri, to try.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. The germ of power. 2. The name every one gives his mistakes. 3. Stinging and getting stung.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'experience' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #483
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'experience' in Written Corpus Frequency: #799
Rank popularity for the word 'experience' in Nouns Frequency: #147
Rank popularity for the word 'experience' in Verbs Frequency: #299
The numerical value of experience in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of experience in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Our wisdom comes usually from our experience, and our experience comes largely from our experience.
Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.
I wish I could give you a lot of advice, based on my experience of winning political debates. But I don't have that experience. My only experience is at losing them.
In five minutes, we lost everything, we weren't able to defend. It's an experience. A negative experience, but an experience all the same. I'm learning for the future.
That all our knowledge begins with experience, there is indeed no doubt....but although our knowledge originates WITH experience, it does not all arise OUT OF experience.
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Translations for experience
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- اختبار, خبرةArabic
- опит, изпитвам, преживяване, преживявамBulgarian
- pociťovat, pocítit, zkušenost, zážitekCzech
- oplevelse, erfaring, rutine, opleve, øvelse, erfareDanish
- Erlebnis, Erfahrung, erfahren, erleben, PraxisGerman
- vivir, experiencia, experimentar, vivenciaSpanish
- kokemus, kokeaFinnish
- expérience, éprouverFrench
- belibjeWestern Frisian
- अनुभव, अनुभव करनाHindi
- gyakorlat, tapasztalat, élmény, tapasztalHungarian
- upplifa, reyna, verða fyrirIcelandic
- esperienza, esperireItalian
- 経験, 体験Japanese
- გადაიტანს, გამოცდილებაGeorgian
- 경험, 經驗Korean
- patirti, patyrimas, patirtisLithuanian
- piedzīvot, pieredze, pieredzētLatvian
- beleving, beleven, ondergaan, ervaren, ervaring, ondervinding, ondervinden, meemaken, kennis, belevenisDutch
- erfaring, erfareNorwegian
- doświadczenie, doświadczyćPolish
- experiência, experienciarPortuguese
- păți, experiențăRomanian
- пережить, переживать, испытать, опыт, испытыватьRussian
- iskústvo, iskúsitiSerbo-Croatian
- upplevelse, erfarenhet, uppleva, att upplevaSwedish
- uzoefu, tajriba, tajiribaSwahili
- danas, karanasanTagalog
- tecrübe, deneyimTurkish
- kinh nghiệmVietnamese
- plakön, lifotönVolapük
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