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experience - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'experience' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Experience [ n.]
- Trial, as a test or experiment.
- The effect upon the judgment or feelings produced by any event, whether witnessed or participated in; personal and direct impressions as contrasted with description or fancies; personal acquaintance; actual enjoyment or suffering.
- An act of knowledge, one or more, by which single facts or general truths are ascertained; experimental or inductive knowledge; hence, implying skill, facility, or practical wisdom gained by personal knowledge, feeling or action; as, a king without experience of war.

Meaning of 'experience' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . experience [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities
Example in sentence:
  • a man of experience;
  • experience is the best teacher
Meaning (2):
- an event as apprehended
Example in sentence:
  • a surprising experience;
  • that painful experience certainly got our attention
Meaning (3):
- the content of direct observation or participation in an event
Example in sentence:
  • he had a religious experience;
  • he recalled the experience vividly
4 . experience [ v]
Meaning (4):
- go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
Example in sentence:
  • experience vertigo;
  • get an idea;
  • get nauseous;
  • have a feeling;
  • receive injuries
Meaning (5):
- have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
Example in sentence:
  • have you ever known hunger?;
  • I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict;
  • I know the feeling!;
  • I lived through two divorces;
  • The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare
Meaning (6):
- undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
Example in sentence:
  • He felt regret;
  • She felt resentful
Meaning (7):
- undergo or live through a difficult experience
Example in sentence:
  • he saw action in Viet Nam;
  • We had many trials to go through
Meaning (8):
- undergo
Example in sentence:
  • The stocks had a fast run-up