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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. 
  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),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -enced, -enc•ing. 
  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. Philosophythe totality of the cognitions given by perception;
    all that is perceived, understood, and remembered.

  1. Philosophyto have experience of;
    meet with;
    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.
ex•peri•ence•a•ble, adj. 
ex•peri•ence•less, adj. 
  • 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
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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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