ex•pe•ri•ence(ik spēr′ē əns),USA pronunciationn., v.,-enced, -enc•ing. n.
a particular instance of personally encountering or undergoing something:My encounter with the bear in the woods was a frightening experience.
the process or fact of personally observing, encountering, or undergoing something:business experience.
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.
knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone:a man of experience.
Philosophythe totality of the cognitions given by perception; all that is perceived, understood, and remembered.
Philosophyto have experience of; meet with; undergo; feel:to experience nausea.
to learn by experience.
Idioms, Religionexperience religion, to undergo a spiritual conversion by which one gains or regains faith in God.
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.