a particular instance of personally encountering or undergoing something: My encounter with the bear in the woods was a frightening experience.
the process or fact of personally observing, encountering, or undergoing something: business experience.
the observing, encountering, or undergoing of things generally as they occur in the course of time: to learn from experience; the range of human experience.
knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone: a man of experience.
Philosophy. the totality of the cognitions given by perception; all that is perceived, understood, and remembered.
to have experience of; meet with; undergo; feel: to experience nausea.
to learn by experience.
Idioms about experience
experience religion, to undergo a spiritual conversion by which one gains or regains faith in God.
- ex·pe·ri·ence·a·ble, adjective
- ex·pe·ri·ence·less, adjective
- post·ex·pe·ri·ence, adjective
- pre·ex·pe·ri·ence, noun, verb (used with object), pre·ex·pe·ri·enced, pre·ex·pe·ri·enc·ing.
- re·ex·pe·ri·ence, verb, re·ex·pe·ri·enced, re·ex·pe·ri·enc·ing.
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How to use experience in a sentence
When you go to a restaurant, you are as much responsible for having a good experience as the restaurant is for providing it.Christian Puglisi Is Closing His Influential Copenhagen Restaurants. COVID Is Only Partly to Blame | Rafael Tonon | September 17, 2020 | Eater
Gibbs has little experience in federal personnel matters, having worked mainly in the software industry before going to HUD, where he oversees a community planning and development office.Committee delays vote on former political commentator to head Office of Personnel Management | Eric Yoder | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Warner Bros’ sci-fi thriller was viewed as the main litmus test for whether audiences were ready to embrace the theatrical experience again, after nearly six months of shuttered theaters due to the pandemic.The North American box office isn’t bouncing back that fast | radmarya | September 14, 2020 | Fortune
I think there’s a narrative that we can learn on the job, and I do believe a lot of people can, and have, but felt that learning from other people’s experiences and from experts made more sense to me.
At a time when people are not together, create a shared experience where people can come together.
Should capability delivery experience additional changes, this estimate will be revised appropriately.
Women are more likely to recover sooner from birth and less likely to experience post-partum depression.
And, as Gow adds wryly from his own personal experience, “To a huge extent they achieved that aim very well.”
He flew with Captain Irianto, 53, who had 20,000 hours experience, more than 6,000 hours on the A320.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The copilot on Flight 8501 was Remi Emmanuel Piesel, 46, who despite his age had just 2,275 hours of flying experience.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The experience of the Jesuit fathers at Port Royal is related at length, from their own point of view.
With Bacon, experientia does not always mean observation; and may mean either experience or experiment.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II) | Henry Osborn Taylor
I cannot see in science, nor in experience, nor in history any signs of such a God, nor of such intervention.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Knowing by experience that he would soon be up to it, he used his pole with all his might, hoping to steer clear of it.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
The real experience has a magnetism of its own and will win above mere technicality whenever it has the opportunity.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
British Dictionary definitions for experience
direct personal participation or observation; actual knowledge or contact: experience of prison life
a particular incident, feeling, etc, that a person has undergone: an experience to remember
accumulated knowledge, esp of practical matters: a man of experience
the totality of characteristics, both past and present, that make up the particular quality of a person, place, or people
the impact made on an individual by the culture of a people, nation, etc: the American experience
the content of a perception regarded as independent of whether the apparent object actually exists: Compare sense datum
the faculty by which a person acquires knowledge of contingent facts about the world, as contrasted with reason
the totality of a person's perceptions, feelings, and memories
to participate in or undergo
to be emotionally or aesthetically moved by; feel: to experience beauty
- experienceable, adjective
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