Definitions of experience

  1. go or live through; " We had many trials to go through"; " he saw action in Viet Nam"
  2. the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities; " a man of experience"; " experience is the best teacher"
  3. the content of direct observation or participation in an event; " he had a religious experience"; " he recalled the experience vividly"
  4. an event as apprehended; " a surprising experience"; " that painful experience certainly got our attention"
  5. undergo; " The stocks had a fast run- up"
  6. 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"
  7. undergo an emotional sensation; " She felt resentful"; " He felt regret"
  8. 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"
  9. Trial, as a test or experiment.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Personal trial and practice; knowledge gained by trial and practice; something lived through.
  13. To come to know by personal trial or feeling.
  14. Experiential.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To know by trial or endurance.
  18. Trial; knowledge gained by trial; result of observation.
  19. To undergo personally; feel.
  20. Knowledge derived from one's own action, perception, or endurance.
  21. Something undergone, enjoyed, etc.
  22. 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.
  23. To try by use, by suffering, or by enjoyment; to know by practice or trial; to suffer.
  24. Knowledge gained by frequent trial or by experiment; practice; knowledge from observation.
  25. To be taught by practice or experiment; to know by trial.

Usage examples for experience

  1. And what had he not known in his city experience? – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. This is my own experience. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. It's my first experience, you know, and I think I'm doing pretty well, don't you? – Her Weight in Gold by George Barr McCutcheon
  4. Such a man in such a station was out of his experience. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  5. Without it no use could be made of past experience. – Rural Life and the Rural School by Joseph Kennedy
  6. 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
  7. You've had experience, maybe. – Six Short Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  8. The events I experience within me I can write of all the less, because I could not even tell them, so necessary is it to me to feel or- to act. – Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt, Volume 1 by Francis Hueffer (translator)
  9. It was really quite an experience, and some of the commissioners wondered if we could not go back again the next day. – A Journey Through France in War Time by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  10. I've had such an experience! – The Diamond Pin by Carolyn Wells
  11. This was my first experience. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  12. He had had experience of the rise, not of the fall. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. I hope you won't have the same experience with Mr. Hardley, Tom." – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  14. This experience gives me a great respect for my bread and meat. – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  15. I know it now by experience. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. You speak my experience. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  19. He ought to have known better from past experience. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  20. 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