Definitions of experience

  1. To come to know by personal trial or feeling.
  2. 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.
  3. To know by trial or endurance.
  4. To undergo personally; feel.
  5. go or live through; " We had many trials to go through"; " he saw action in Viet Nam"
  6. undergo; " The stocks had a fast run- up"
  7. 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"
  8. To try by use, by suffering, or by enjoyment; to know by practice or trial; to suffer.
  9. To be taught by practice or experiment; to know by trial.
  10. an event as apprehended; " a surprising experience"; " that painful experience certainly got our attention"
  11. Trial, as a test or experiment.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Personal trial and practice; knowledge gained by trial and practice; something lived through.
  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. Trial; knowledge gained by trial; result of observation.
  17. Knowledge derived from one's own action, perception, or endurance.
  18. 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.
  19. Knowledge gained by frequent trial or by experiment; practice; knowledge from observation.
  20. Experiential.