What does experience mean?

Definitions for experience
ɪkˈspɪər i ənsex·pe·ri·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. experiencenoun

    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. experiencenoun

    the content of direct observation or participation in an event

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

  3. experienceverb

    an event as apprehended

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

  4. experience, see, go throughverb

    go or live through

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

  5. know, experience, liveverb

    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, getverb

    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

    "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"

  7. feel, experienceverb

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

    "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"

  8. have, experienceverb

    undergo

    "The stocks had a fast run-up"

Wiktionary

  1. experiencenoun

    Event(s) of which one is cognizant.

    It was an experience he would not soon forget.

  2. experiencenoun

    Activity which one has performed.

  3. experiencenoun

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

  4. experiencenoun

    The knowledge thus gathered.

  5. experienceverb

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EXPERIENCEnoun

    Etymology: experientia, Latin.

    Hereof experience hath informed reason, and time hath made those things apparent which were hidden. Walter Raleigh.

    Boys immature in knowledge,
    Pawn their experience to their present pleasure,
    And so rebel to judgment. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    But if you’ll prosper, mark what I advise,
    Whom age and long experience render wise. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Experienceverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Experiencenoun

    trial, as a test or experiment

  2. Experiencenoun

    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. Experiencenoun

    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

  4. Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Experience

    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 experīriex, inten., and old verb perīri, to try.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. experience

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

Editors Contribution

  1. experience

    To feel and live.

    They did experience much joy at the birth of their child.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  


  2. experience

    To participate, feel, know and understand.

    We do experience beautiful moments every day as we go through our day.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of experience in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of experience in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of experience in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    The last Australian submarine came off the production line in about 2001. As I understand it the last Swedish submarine came off the production line in about 1996, so it's almost two decades since Sweden built a submarine, we are working with the three countries that have continuous, relevant submarine experience.

  2. Andrea Braverman:

    This study shows that surrogacy can work well, and it can work well over the long term, but it doesn’t tell us what conditions made this possible, personally, when I talk to surrogates after they deliver, they don’t look at it as giving up their baby, because it was never theirs to begin with. It is an amazing, personal life experience that people go through together and the fact that they come out of it feeling positive doesn’t surprise me.

  3. Oregon Governor Kate Brown:

    We are going to experience one of the worst droughts in the history of our state. Snowpack is at historic lows and severe water shortages are nearly a certainty in many areas.

  4. Dr. Thomas Dooley:

    Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.

  5. Chris Cassidy:

    For my third mission, I really wanted to give that experience to others.

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  • Reggie Owusu
    Reggie Owusu
    The word "experience is the gaining of knowledge or skill by long practice doing things. Example: Joshua was Moses' "minister" for forty years of the wilderness wandering (Exodus 24:13). I mean Joshua was Moses personal servant for those years. Joshua was prepare for the mighty ministry which he later performed 
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