ex·​pe·​ri·​enced | \ ik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)st \

Definition of experienced

: made skillful or wise through experience : practiced an experienced driver

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Examples of experienced in a Sentence

The job calls for someone who is more experienced. for this delicate eye operation, seek out an experienced eye surgeon

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Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Republican from Long Island, said the Republicans have fielded experienced candidates and that GOP enthusiasm was high after the recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Cuomo Stumps for Democrats in His Moderate Mold," 16 Oct. 2018 The Democratic field features a range of politically experienced candidates. Corey Williams, The Seattle Times, "Michigan Democrats vie for House seats, including Conyers’," 6 Aug. 2018 And even though Shahbaz Sharif is seen as an experienced, competent candidate, his elder brother’s corruption allegations have made voters suspicious of the party. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "Pakistan’s 2018 election, explained," 25 July 2018 That could entail those without an MBA, less experienced candidates more generally, or else candidates with specialized or industry skills and off-campus experience. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "That MBA Doesn't Guarantee You a Dream Job Like It Used To," 26 June 2018 Arteta appears to have emerged as the frontrunner for the Emirates hot seat ahead of the more experienced candidates also rumoured to be in the running for the job. SI.com, "Passion, Values & Class: Why Mikel Arteta Is the Right Man to Succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal," 16 May 2018 Brad Little, the lieutenant governor, is appealing to voters who want an experienced hand at the helm. Kirk Johnson, The New York Times, idahostatesman, "As Idaho grows, its politics evolve. But don't expect a Democratic surge. | Idaho Statesman," 14 May 2018 Brad Little, the lieutenant governor, is appealing to voters who want an experienced hand at the helm. New York Times, "What the Fastest Growth in the U.S. Means for Idaho Politics," 13 May 2018 The first lady, who speaks French, also has experienced hands running the kitchen, pastry shop and florist’s lair. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "Vive la France: President Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of experienced

1567, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for experienced

experience entry 1 + -ed entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of experienced

: having skill or knowledge from doing something : having experience


ex·​pe·​ri·​enced | \ ik-ˈspir-ē-ənst \

Kids Definition of experienced

: made skillful or wise from having lived through or undergone something an experienced sailor

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