, from Middle English , from Old French Latin ( experientia “ a trial, proof, experiment, experimental knowledge, experience ”), from , present participle of experiens ( experiri “ to try, put to the test, undertake, undergo ”), from ( ex “ out ”) + *periri ( “ to go through ”), in past participle ( peritus “ experienced, expert ”); see and expert . peril
experience ( plural ) experiences
( countable , uncountable ) Event(s) of which one is cognizant.
It was an experience he would not soon forget.
( countable ) An activity which one has performed.
1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad : 
“I have tried, as I hinted, to enlist the co-operation of other capitalists, but experience has taught me that any appeal is futile that does not impinge directly upon cupidity. …”
( countable ) A collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
( uncountable ) The knowledge thus gathered.
2013 June 7, Ed Pilkington, “ ‘Killer robots’ should be banned in advance, UN told”, , volume 188, number 26, page 6: The Guardian Weekly
In his submission to the UN, [Christof] Heyns points to the experience of drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles were intended initially only for surveillance, and their use for offensive purposes was prohibited, yet once strategists realised their perceived advantages as a means of carrying out targeted killings, all objections were swept out of the way.
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Adjectives often applied to "experience":
broad, wide, good, bad, great, amazing, horrible, terrible, pleasant, unpleasant, educational, financial, military, commercial, academic, political, industrial, sexual, romantic, religious, mystical, spiritual, psychedelic, scientific, human, magical, intense, deep, humbling, unforgettable, unique, exciting, exhilarating.
Derived terms Edit
event(s) of which one is cognizant
activity which one has performed
collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge
the knowledge thus gathered
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experience ( third-person singular simple present , experiences present participle , experiencing simple past and past participle ) experienced
( 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.
Derived terms Edit
to observe or undergo
изпитвам ( (bg) izpitvam), преживявам ( (bg) preživjavam) Chinese:
經歷 , (zh) 經歷 ( (zh) jīnglì), 體驗 , (zh) 体验 ( (zh) tǐyàn) Czech:
, pociťovat pocítit Danish:
, opleve erfare Dutch:
ervaren , (nl) meemaken , (nl) ondergaan , (nl) ondervinden , (nl) beleven (nl) Esperanto:
kokea (fi) French:
éprouver (fr) Georgian:
( გადაიტანს gadaiṭans) German:
erfahren , (de) erleben (de) Gujarati:
( અનુભવવું anubhavvũ) Hindi:
( अनुभव करना anubhav karnā) Hungarian:
tapasztal (hu) Icelandic:
reyna , (is) , verða fyrir upplifa Indonesian:
mengalami (id) Interlingua:
経験する ( (ja) けいけんする, keiken-suru), 体験する ( (ja) たいけんする, taiken-suru) Korean:
경험하다 ( (ko) gyeongheomhada) Latvian:
pieredzēt , (lv) piedzīvot Lithuanian:
erfare Old English:
doświadczyć (pl) Portuguese:
păți (ro) Russian:
испы́тывать (ru) ( impf ispýtyvatʹ), испыта́ть (ru) ( pf ispytátʹ), пережива́ть (ru) ( impf pereživátʹ), пережи́ть (ru) ( pf perežítʹ) Serbo-Croatian:
iskúsiti (sh) Spanish:
experimentar , (es) vivir (es) Swahili:
tajiriba , (sw) uzoefu (sw) Swedish:
uppleva , (sv) erfara (sv) Tagalog:
duymak , (tr) haber almak , (tr) öğrenmek (tr) Vietnamese:
kinh nghiệm (vi) Volapük:
, lifotön plakön (vo) West Frisian:
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