Origin of experienced
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- 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.
- experience religion, to undergo a spiritual conversion by which one gains or regains faith in God.
Origin of experience
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Examples from the Web for experienced
An escort who goes by the name of “Tommy” has experienced a wide variety of female clients.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex
January 3, 2015
The new cops will be out in the city, teamed up with experienced officers.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
He experienced a rapid rise, only beginning to play cricket competitively at age 11.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
They witnessed and experienced the same types of abusive events, Fenner claims.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
No wonder women were grilled about whether they experienced pleasure while being assaulted.Church Sex Scandals Are Rooted in Theology
December 15, 2014
"That's right," said Billy Brue, with the quick sympathy of the experienced.
He was older than I, experienced with women—a lover of women, I came to understand in time.
They had experienced heavy weather, but everything was dry and safe.Explorations in Australia
All that can be felt we have felt, all that can be known we have experienced.The Conquest of Fear
Easter-Sunday was the wettest day I remember ever to have experienced.
- having become skilful or knowledgeable from extensive contact or participation or observation
- direct personal participation or observation; actual knowledge or contactexperience of prison life
- a particular incident, feeling, etc, that a person has undergonean experience to remember
- accumulated knowledge, esp of practical mattersa 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, etcthe American experience
- the content of a perception regarded as independent of whether the apparent object actually existsCompare 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; feelto experience beauty
Word Origin and History for experienced
"having experience; skillful through expereince," 1570s, past participle adjective from experience (v.).
late 14c., "observation as the source of knowledge; actual observation; an event which has affected one," from Old French esperience (13c.) "experiment, proof, experience," from Latin experientia "knowledge gained by repeated trials," from experientem (nominative experiens), present participle of experiri "to try, test," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + peritus "experienced, tested," from PIE root *per- "to lead, pass over" (see peril). Meaning "state of having done something and gotten handy at it" is from late 15c.
1530s, "to test, try;" see experience (n.). Sense of "feel, undergo" first recorded 1580s. Related: Experiences; experiencing.
- The feeling of emotions and sensations as opposed to thinking; involvement in what is happening rather than abstract reflection on an event.