experience

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1ex·pe·ri·ence

noun \ik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s\

: the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you

: skill or knowledge that you get by doing something

: the length of time that you have spent doing something (such as a particular job)

Full Definition of EXPERIENCE

1
a :  direct observation of or participation in events as a basis of knowledge
b :  the fact or state of having been affected by or gained knowledge through direct observation or participation
2
a :  practical knowledge, skill, or practice derived from direct observation of or participation in events or in a particular activity
b :  the length of such participation <has 10 years' experience in the job>
3
a :  the conscious events that make up an individual life
b :  the events that make up the conscious past of a community or nation or humankind generally
4
:  something personally encountered, undergone, or lived through
5
:  the act or process of directly perceiving events or reality

Examples of EXPERIENCE

  1. The best way to learn is by experience.
  2. We need someone with experience.
  3. She gained a lot of experience at that job.
  4. I know that from personal experience.
  5. She has five years' experience as a computer programmer.
  6. He wrote about his experiences as a pilot.
  7. That experience is one I'd rather forget!
  8. She had a frightening experience.
  9. Human experience is the ultimate source and justification for all knowledge. Experience itself has accumulated in human memory and culture, gradually producing the methods of intelligence called reason and science. —John Shook, Free Inquiry, April/May 2008

Origin of EXPERIENCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin experientia act of trying, from experient-, experiens, present participle of experiri to try, from ex- + -periri (akin to periculum attempt) — more at fear
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

2ex·pe·ri·ence

transitive verb \ik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s\

: to do or see (something) or have (something) happen to you : to feel or be affected by (something)

ex·pe·ri·encedex·pe·ri·enc·ing

Full Definition of EXPERIENCE

1
:  to learn by experience (see 1experience) <I have experienced that a landscape and the sky unfold the deepest beauty — Nathaniel Hawthorne>
2
:  to have experience of :  undergo <experienced severe hardships as a child>

Examples of EXPERIENCE

  1. That was one of the worst days I've ever experienced.
  2. The patient has been experiencing pain in her left shoulder.
  3. Performing a risk-reward analysis can often clarify decisions. If the risk of a failed marriage is that you may have to experience heartache and an expensive divorce, you'd better think carefully. If the risk of a bad ski run is that you'll die, you'd better think even more carefully about what you'll gain by taking that risk. —Laurence Gonzales, National Geographic Adventure, March 2008

Origin of EXPERIENCE

(see 1experience)
First Known Use: 1580

Related to EXPERIENCE

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

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