experience

[ik-speer-ee-uhns]

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.

Nearby words

  1. expense,
  2. expense account,
  3. expenses,
  4. expensive,
  5. expensively,
  6. experience is the best teacher,
  7. experience meeting,
  8. experience point,
  9. experience table,
  10. experienced

Idioms

    experience religion, to undergo a spiritual conversion by which one gains or regains faith in God.

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.

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for reexperience

experience

noun

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
  1. the totality of characteristics, both past and present, that make up the particular quality of a person, place, or people
  2. the impact made on an individual by the culture of a people, nation, etcthe American experience
philosophy
  1. the content of a perception regarded as independent of whether the apparent object actually existsCompare sense datum
  2. the faculty by which a person acquires knowledge of contingent facts about the world, as contrasted with reason
  3. the totality of a person's perceptions, feelings, and memories

verb (tr)

to participate in or undergo
to be emotionally or aesthetically moved by; feelto experience beauty
Derived Formsexperienceable, adjective

Word Origin for experience

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

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Word Origin and History for reexperience
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Medicine definitions for reexperience

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.
Related formsex•peri•ence v.


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