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experience

ex·pe·ri·ence

experience

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk spir i ihns
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a particular situation or event that one has encountered or lived through.
Working in that factory was tough for those months, but it was a good experience for him.She never forgot the experience of being on stage for the first time.
similar words:
adventure, affair, event, happening, incident, lesson, occurrence, ordeal
definition 2: the sum total of such situations and events in one's life.
I know from my experience that to do this would be a mistake.Luxury had never been part of my grandparents' experience.In my experience, these problems usually have simple solutions.
synonyms:
life history
similar words:
background, existence, life
definition 3: the process of undergoing or encountering such situations and events.
His experience of the war was quite different from those who served in the front lines.
similar words:
exposure, involvement
definition 4: the repeated practice, activity, or observations that result in skill, ability, or wisdom.
They're looking to hire someone with a few years of sales experience.I have no experience as an actor, but I think I could play that part.
synonyms:
maturation, seasoning
similar words:
knowledge, lessons, observation, practice, training
definition 5: knowledge or wisdom gained from such practice, activity, or observation.
She uses her experience to solve problems on the job.
synonyms:
maturity, sophistication
antonyms:
inexperience
similar words:
adeptness, common sense, familiarity, ken, know-how, knowledge, proficiency, savoir-faire, wisdom
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: experienced, experiences, experiencing
definition: to undergo or encounter; feel or know.
He experienced defeat for the first time in that race.She experienced great pain after the accident.
synonyms:
know, live through
similar words:
confront, discover, encounter, endure, face, feel, meet, see, suffer, take, taste, undergo, withstand
Word History
Experience is from a Latin word that means "to try out or test."
Word Builder: experience +
  • experienced:
    having experience.
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  learn, mind, sense