Experience - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈspɪriəns|  American pronunciation of the word experience
Brit.  |ɪkˈspɪərɪəns|  British pronunciation of the word experience


- the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities
- the content of direct observation or participation in an event
- an event as apprehended


- undergo or live through a difficult experience (syn: see)
- have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations (syn: know, live)
- go through (mental or physical states or experiences)(syn: get, have, receive)
- undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind (syn: feel)
- undergo (syn: have)


The best way to learn is by experience.

We need someone with experience.

She gained a lot of experience at that job.

I know that from personal experience.

She has five years' experience as a computer programmer.

He wrote about his experiences as a pilot.

That experience is one I'd rather forget!

She had a frightening experience.

That was one of the worst days I've ever experienced.

The patient has been experiencing pain in her left shoulder.

We had never experienced this kind of holiday before and had no idea what to expect.

He experienced severe hardships as a child.

Widows seem to experience more distress than do widowers.

You've got a lot of experience of lecturing.

He had no previous experience of managing a farm.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: experience
he/she/it: experiences
present participle: experiencing
past tense: experienced
past participle: experienced
singular: experience
plural: experiences
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