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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ex•pe•ri•ence /ɪkˈspɪriəns/USA pronunciation   n., v., -enced, -enc•ing. 

n. 
  1. [countable] something observed, lived through, or undergone: That car crash was a frightening experience.
  2. [uncountable] the observing, living through, or undergoing of things in the course of time: to learn from experience.
  3. [uncountable] knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, lived through, or undergone: a person of experience.

v. [+ object]
  1. Philosophyto have experience of;
    live through;
    undergo: to experience the pleasure of a cruise.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ex•pe•ri•ence  (ik spērē əns), 
n., v., -enced, -enc•ing. 

n. 
  1. a particular instance of personally encountering or undergoing something:My encounter with the bear in the woods was a frightening experience.
  2. the process or fact of personally observing, encountering, or undergoing something:business experience.
  3. the observing, encountering, or undergoing of things generally as they occur in the course of time:to learn from experience; the range of human experience.
  4. knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone:a man of experience.
  5. Philosophy[Philos.]the totality of the cognitions given by perception; all that is perceived, understood, and remembered.

v.t. 
  1. Philosophyto have experience of;
    meet with;
    undergo;
    feel:to experience nausea.
  2. to learn by experience.
  3. Idioms, Religionexperience religion, to undergo a spiritual conversion by which one gains or regains faith in God.
Etymology:
  • Latin experientia, equivalent. to experient- (stem of experiēns, past participle of experīrī to try, test; see ex-1, peril) + -ia noun, nominal suffix; see -ence
  • Middle English 1350–1400
ex•peri•ence•a•ble, adj. 
ex•peri•ence•less, adj. 
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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

experience /ɪkˈspɪərɪəns/ n
  1. direct personal participation or observation; actual knowledge or contact
  2. a particular incident, feeling, etc, that a person has undergone
  3. accumulated knowledge, esp of practical matters
vb (transitive)
  1. to participate in or undergo
  2. to be emotionally or aesthetically moved by; feel
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin experientia, from experīrī to prove; related to Latin perīculum peril

exˈperienceable adj



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