experience meaning

[ iks'piəriəns ] Pronunciation:   "experience" in a sentence
Noun: experience  ik'spi(u)reeuns
  1. The accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities
    "a man of experience"; "experience is the best teacher" 
  2. The content of direct observation or participation in an event
    "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly" 
  3. An event as apprehended
    "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"
Verb: experience  ik'spi(u)reeuns
  1. Go or live through
    - see, go through 
  2. Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
    - know, live 
  3. Go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
    "experience vertigo"
    - receive, have, get 
  4. Undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
    - feel 
  5. Undergo
    - have

Derived forms: experienced, experiences, experiencing

See also: experient, experiential

Type of: change, cognitive content, content, education, happening, mental object, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, undergo

Antonym: inexperience

Encyclopedia: Experience

AmE / noun


1 [U]

the knowledge and skill that you have gained through doing sth for a period of time; the process of gaining this:

Do you have any previous experience of this type of work?

Consultants should have a college degree and at least 10 years' business experience.

practical/previous/prior/relevant/valuable experience

considerable/extensive/little experience

business/financial/industry/management experience

◆ to have/gain/lack experience

2 [C]

an event or activity that affects you in some way:

We have to provide a better customer experience.

a/the customer/learning/shopping experience

◆ a negative/positive experience

◆ to have an experience

3 [U]

the things that have happened to you that influence the way you think and behave:

Based on past experience, most visitors to the website will fill out the form.

direct/first-hand/personal experience


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  1. her lack of experience told against her.
  2. it must have been a valuable experience.
  3. he could not sum up his experience.
  4. they have experience of prolonged struggle.
  5. i had an amusing experience last year.

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