verb (used with object), ex·pe·ri·enced, ex·pe·ri·enc·ing.
Origin of experience
Synonyms for 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
Word Origin for experience
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.