- 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 experiencing
There have been previous waves of people moving to Texas, and we are now experiencing the latest wave.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
The discrimination and slights Abe experiences are “part and parcel of what we are experiencing in the world,” says Akhtar.Religion, Race, and a Broadway Hit: The Making of ‘Disgraced’
November 10, 2014
However, if someone is experiencing unremitting pain, he said, then death should not be considered harm.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
The people were in one way or another enjoying or experiencing the festival day.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
Have you gone from experiencing one type of sexism to another?Laura Jane Grace’s Trans Punk Rebellion
October 10, 2014
Sidney was experiencing the rare treat of after-dinner coffee.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Peter knew he was experiencing a ceremony of some kind, the significance of which he must learn.Her Father's Daughter
We had good passages out and home, experiencing no detention or accidents.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I had so much fear of experiencing that that I thought of renouncing you.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
And whether it is or is not, it would cease to be one if experiencing a change of substance.Parmenides
- 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 experiencing
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.