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Definitions of experience

  1. go or live through; " We had many trials to go through"; " he saw action in Viet Nam"
  2. the content of direct observation or participation in an event; " he had a religious experience"; " he recalled the experience vividly"
  3. an event as apprehended; " a surprising experience"; " that painful experience certainly got our attention"
  4. undergo; " The stocks had a fast run- up"
  5. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; " I know the feeling!"; " have you ever known hunger?"; " I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; " The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; " I lived through two divorces"
  6. undergo an emotional sensation; " She felt resentful"; " He felt regret"
  7. of mental or physical states or experiences; " get an idea"; " experience vertigo"; " get nauseous"; " undergo a strange sensation"; " The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; " The fluid undergoes shear"; " receive injuries"; " have a feeling"
  8. Trial, as a test or experiment.
  9. The effect upon the judgment or feelings produced by any event, whether witnessed or participated in; personal and direct impressions as contrasted with description or fancies; personal acquaintance; actual enjoyment or suffering.
  10. An act of knowledge, one or more, by which single facts or general truths are ascertained; experimental or inductive knowledge; hence, implying skill, facility, or practical wisdom gained by personal knowledge, feeling or action; as, a king without experience of war.
  11. Personal trial and practice; knowledge gained by trial and practice; something lived through.
  12. To come to know by personal trial or feeling.
  13. Experiential.
  14. Trial, practice, proof, or test; esp. frequent trial or a series of trials; observation of a fact, or of the same fact or events happening under like circumstances; continued and varied observation; " Having broadly laid down the principle that all the materials of our knowledge come from experience, Locke goes on to explain his theory more particularly."- J. D. Morell: the knowledge gained by trial, or repeated trials, or observation; practical acquaintance with any matter by personal observation or trial of it, by feeling the effects of it, by living through it, and the like; practical wisdom taught by the changes and trials of life; " To most men experience is like the stern- lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed."- Coleridge; individual or particular instance of trial or observation; " This is what distance does for us, the harsh and bitter features of this or that experience are slowly obliterated and memory begins to look on the past."- W. Black; " The like holds good with respect to the relations between sounds and vibrating objects which we learn only by a generalization of experiences."- H. Spencer: experiment.
  15. To make practical acquaintance with; to try, or prove, by use, by suffering, or by enjoyment; to have happen to or befall one; as, we all experience pain, sorrow, and pleasure; we experience good and evil; we often experience a change of sentiments and views: to train by practice; to exercise.
  16. To know by trial or endurance.
  17. Trial; knowledge gained by trial; result of observation.
  18. To undergo personally; feel.
  19. Knowledge derived from one's own action, perception, or endurance.
  20. Something undergone, enjoyed, etc.
  21. The ascertained result of a series of trials or experiments; observation of a fact or of the same facts or events happening under like circumstances; what one has felt and learned by enjoying or suffering; knowledge derived from trials, use, practice, or a series of observations.
  22. To try by use, by suffering, or by enjoyment; to know by practice or trial; to suffer.
  23. Knowledge gained by frequent trial or by experiment; practice; knowledge from observation.
  24. To be taught by practice or experiment; to know by trial.
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Usage examples for experience

  1. He ought to have known better from past experience. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  2. Such a man in such a station was out of his experience. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  3. Indeed, I would not have missed the experience for a lady- in- waiting- ship. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  4. I know it now by experience. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  5. If your experience of that life is- as I hope and pray it may be- a happy one, you will need me no longer; we may not meet again. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  6. I've had to do with them for more years than I like to count, and I speak from experience. – A Crime of the Under-seas by Guy Boothby
  7. How can we be dull or heavy while we have that new experience to look forward to? – Little Rivers A Book Of Essays In Profitable Idleness by Henry van Dyke
  8. He had had experience of the rise, not of the fall. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  9. You speak my experience. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  10. I've had such an experience! – The Diamond Pin by Carolyn Wells
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