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Definitions of experience

  1. To come to know by personal trial or feeling. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To make practical acquaintance with; to try, or prove, by use, by suffering, or by enjoyment; to have happen to or befall one; as, we all experience pain, sorrow, and pleasure; we experience good and evil; we often experience a change of sentiments and views: to train by practice; to exercise. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To know by trial or endurance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To undergo personally; feel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; "I know the feeling!"; "have you ever known hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. To try by use, by suffering, or by enjoyment; to know by practice or trial; to suffer. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. To be taught by practice or experiment; to know by trial. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. Trial, as a test or experiment. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Personal trial and practice; knowledge gained by trial and practice; something lived through. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Trial, practice, proof, or test; esp. frequent trial or a series of trials; observation of a fact, or of the same fact or events happening under like circumstances; continued and varied observation; "Having broadly laid down the principle that all the materials of our knowledge come from experience, Locke goes on to explain his theory more particularly."-J. D. Morell: the knowledge gained by trial, or repeated trials, or observation; practical acquaintance with any matter by personal observation or trial of it, by feeling the effects of it, by living through it, and the like; practical wisdom taught by the changes and trials of life; "To most men experience is like the stern-lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed."-Coleridge; individual or particular instance of trial or observation; "This is what distance does for us, the harsh and bitter features of this or that experience are slowly obliterated and memory begins to look on the past."- W. Black; "The like holds good with respect to the relations between sounds and vibrating objects which we learn only by a generalization of experiences."-H. Spencer: experiment. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Trial; knowledge gained by trial; result of observation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Knowledge derived from one's own action, perception, or endurance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The ascertained result of a series of trials or experiments; observation of a fact or of the same facts or events happening under like circumstances; what one has felt and learned by enjoying or suffering; knowledge derived from trials, use, practice, or a series of observations. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. Knowledge gained by frequent trial or by experiment; practice; knowledge from observation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. Experiential. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for experience

  1. He ought to have known better from past experience – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  2. Such a man in such a station was out of his experience – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
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