Definition of Experience

1. Noun. The accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities. "Experience is the best teacher"

Specialized synonyms: Familiarisation, Familiarization, Woodcraft
Generic synonyms: Education
Derivative terms: Experient, Experiential
Antonyms: Inexperience

2. Verb. Go or live through. "He saw action in Viet Nam"
Exact synonyms: Go Through, See
Specialized synonyms: Know, Live, Endure, Suffer, Meet, Suffer, Feel, Enjoy, Find, See, Witness, Come
Generic synonyms: Undergo

3. Noun. The content of direct observation or participation in an event. "He recalled the experience vividly"
Generic synonyms: Cognitive Content, Content, Mental Object
Specialized synonyms: Reality, World, Life, Living, Re-experiencing, Reliving, Reminder
Derivative terms: Experiential

4. Verb. Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations. "These men experience the river"; "I lived through two divorces"
Exact synonyms: Know, Live
Specialized synonyms: Taste, Live Over, Relive
Generic synonyms: Go Through, See
Derivative terms: Knowable

5. Noun. An event as apprehended. "That painful experience certainly got our attention"

6. Verb. Go through (mental or physical states or experiences). "Have a feeling"
Exact synonyms: Get, Have, Receive
Specialized synonyms: Get, Have, Suffer, Sustain, Take, Horripilate
Entails: Comprehend, Perceive
Generic synonyms: Undergo

7. Verb. Undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind. "John will experience angry"; "He felt regret"

8. Verb. Undergo. "The stocks had a fast run-up"
Exact synonyms: Have
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Encounter, Meet, Receive

Definition of Experience

1. n. Trial, as a test or experiment.

2. v. t. To make practical acquaintance with; to try personally; to prove by use or trial; to have trial of; to have the lot or fortune of; to have befall one; to be affected by; to feel; as, to experience pain or pleasure; to experience poverty; to experience a change of views.

Definition of Experience

1. Noun. Event(s) of which one is cognizant. ¹

2. Noun. Activity which one has performed. ¹

3. Noun. Collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills. ¹

4. Noun. The knowledge thus gathered. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) : To observe certain events; undergo a certain feeling or process; or perform certain actions that may alter one or contribute to one's knowledge, opinions, or skills. ¹

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Medical Definition of Experience

1. The feeling of emotions and sensations, as opposed to thinking; involvement in what is happening rather than abstract reflection on an event or interpersonal encounter. Origin: L. Experientia, fr. Experior, to try (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Experience

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Literary usage of Experience

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by John Dewey (1916)
"The Nature of experience. — The nature of experience can be understood only by noting ... On the active hand, experience is trying — a meaning which is made ..."

2. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1901)
"All else is left to experience. Ill—ANALOGIES OF experience The principle of these is, ... PROOF experience is an empirical cognition; that is to say, ..."

3. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Time as a general form of experience. Before leaving the subject of ... Time, like space, involves a relation between several factors of experience. ..."

4. Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein (1921)
"... XVI experience AND THE SPECIAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY TO what extent is the special theory of relativity supported by experience? ..."

5. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"SCHOOL CREDIT FOB STORE experience. In mapping out the retail selling course of ... The same credit should be given for store experience as is given for any ..."

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