Definitions for experienceɪkˈspɪər i əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•pe•ri•enceɪkˈspɪər i əns(n.; v.)-enced, -enc•ing.

  1. (n.)something personally lived through or encountered:

    a frightening experience.

  2. the observing, encountering, or undergoing of things generally as they occur in the course of time:

    to learn from experience.

  3. knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone:

    a person of experience.

  4. (v.t.)to have experience of; feel:

    to experience pleasure.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of experience:

1350–1400; ME < L experientia, der. of experient-, s. of experiēns, ptp. of experīrī to try, test; cf. peril


Princeton's WordNet

  1. experience(noun)

    the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities

    "a man of experience"; "experience is the best teacher"

  2. experience(noun)

    the content of direct observation or participation in an event

    "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"

  3. experience(verb)

    an event as apprehended

    "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"

  4. experience, see, go through(verb)

    go or live through

    "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam"

  5. 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"

  6. 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"

  7. feel, experience(verb)

    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

    "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"

  8. have, experience(verb)


    "The stocks had a fast run-up"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. experience(noun)ɪkˈspɪər i əns

    the knowledge, skills and understanding you have from previous jobs or from life

    We are looking for people with experience in publishing.; She knew, from experience, that he would not come back.; In my experience, lies always create more lies.

  2. experienceɪkˈspɪər i əns

    sth that happens to you

    We had a bad experience on our first visit.; a memorable/unforgettable experience

  3. experience(verb)ɪkˈspɪər i əns

    to live through or face a situation

    We're experiencing problems with our server.; families experiencing great hardship

  4. experienceɪkˈspɪər i əns

    to feel pain or emotion

    a patient experiencing severe headaches


  1. experience(Noun)

    Event(s) of which one is cognizant.

    It was an experience he would not soon forget.

  2. experience(Noun)

    Activity which one has performed.

  3. experience(Noun)

    Collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.

  4. experience(Noun)

    The knowledge thus gathered.

  5. experience(Verb)

    : 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Experience(noun)

    trial, as a test or experiment

  2. Experience(noun)

    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

  3. Experience(noun)

    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


  1. Experience

    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.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. experience

    1. The germ of power. 2. The name every one gives his mistakes. 3. Stinging and getting stung.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'experience' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #483

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'experience' in Written Corpus Frequency: #799

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'experience' in Nouns Frequency: #147

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'experience' in Verbs Frequency: #299

Translations for experience

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(knowledge, skill or wisdom gained through) practice in some activity, or the doing of something

Learn by experience; – don't make the same mistake again; Has she had experience in teaching?

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