experience

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

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

synonym study for experience

6. Experience, undergo refer to encountering situations, conditions, etc., in life, or to having certain sensations or feelings. Experience implies being affected by what one meets with: to experience a change of heart, bitter disappointment. Undergo usually refers to the bearing or enduring of something hard, difficult, disagreeable, or dangerous: to undergo severe hardships, an operation.

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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

Derived forms of experience

experienceable, adjective

Word Origin for experience

C14: from Latin experientia, from experīrī to prove; related to Latin perīculum peril
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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.

Other words from experience

ex•peri•ence v.
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