What is the meaning of experience?


  • The accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities.
    • usage: "a man of experience"; "experience is the best teacher"
  • The content of direct observation or participation in an event.
    • usage: "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"
  • An event as apprehended.
    • usage: "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"


  • Go or live through.
    • usage: "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam"
  • Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations.
    • usage: "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"
  • Go through (mental or physical states or experiences. )
    • usage: "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"
  • Undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind.
    • usage: "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"
  • Undergo.
    • usage: "The stocks had a fast run-up"
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APAWordNet. (2010). experience. Retrieved May 26, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/experience/definitions/1214129
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