[ ik-speer-ee-uhnst ]
/ ɪkˈspɪər i ənst /


wise or skillful in a particular field through experience: an experienced teacher.
having learned through experience; taught by experience: experienced through adversity.
endured; undergone; suffered through: experienced misfortunes.

Origin of experienced

First recorded in 1560–70; experience + -ed2

Related forms

non·ex·pe·ri·enced, adjectivequa·si-ex·pe·ri·enced, adjectiveun·ex·pe·ri·enced, adjectivewell-ex·pe·ri·enced, adjective

Definition for experienced (2 of 2)


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


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.

Origin of experience

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin experientia, equivalent to experient- (stem of experiēns, past participle of experīrī to try, test; see ex-1, peril) + -ia noun suffix; see -ence

SYNONYMS FOR experience

6 encounter, know, endure, suffer. 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 experienced (1 of 2)


/ (ɪkˈspɪərɪənst) /


having become skilful or knowledgeable from extensive contact or participation or observation

British Dictionary definitions for experienced (2 of 2)


/ (ɪkˈspɪərɪəns) /


verb (tr)

to participate in or undergo
to be emotionally or aesthetically moved by; feelto experience beauty

Derived Forms

experienceable, adjective

Word Origin for experience

C14: from Latin experientia, from experīrī to prove; related to Latin perīculum peril
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Medicine definitions for experienced


[ ĭk-spîrē-əns ]


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

Related forms

ex•peri•ence v.
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