• (America) IPA: /ɪkˈspɪɹ.i.əns/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪkˈspɪə.ɹɪəns/


  1. 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.
    It was an experience he would not soon forget.
    • Those that undertook the religion of our Savior upon his preaching, had no experience of it.
  2. (countable) An activity one has performed.
  3. (countable) A collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
    • To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
    • When the consuls […] came in […] they knew soon by experience how slenderly guarded against danger the majesty of rulers is where force is wanting.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], chapter 2, in An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗, book I, page 1 ↗:
      Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer in one word, from experience.
  4. (uncountable) The knowledge thus gathered.
  5. (obsolete, uncountable) Trial; a test or experiment.
    • She caused him to make experience / Upon wild beasts.
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experience (experiences, present participle experiencing; past and past participle experienced)

  1. (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.
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