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experience

[ ik-speer-ee-uhns ]
/ ɪkˈspɪər i əns /
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noun

verb (used with object), ex·pe·ri·enced, ex·pe·ri·enc·ing.

to have experience of; meet with; undergo; feel: to experience nausea.
to learn by experience.

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Idioms for experience

    experience religion, to undergo a spiritual conversion by which one gains or regains faith in God.

Origin of experience

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, Middle French, from Latin experientia, equivalent to experient- (stem of experiēns, past participle of experīrī “to try, test”; see ex-1, peril) + -ia noun suffix; see -ence
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British Dictionary definitions for experience

experience
/ (ɪkˈspɪərɪəns) /

noun

verb (tr)

to participate in or undergo
to be emotionally or aesthetically moved by; feelto experience beauty
experienceable, adjective
C14: from Latin experientia, from experīrī to prove; related to Latin perīculum peril
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for experience

experience
[ ĭk-spîrē-əns ]

n.

The feeling of emotions and sensations as opposed to thinking; involvement in what is happening rather than abstract reflection on an event.
ex•peri•ence v.
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