From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin experientia (“a trial, proof, experiment, experimental knowledge, experience”), from experiens, present participle of experiri (“to try, put to the test, undertake, undergo”), from ex (“out”) + *periri (“to go through”), in past participle peritus (“experienced, expert”); see expert and peril.
experience (plural experiences)
- Event(s) of which one is cognizant.
- It was an experience he would not soon forget.
- Activity which one has performed.
- 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, 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. …”
- Collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
- The knowledge thus gathered.
Usage notes 
- Adjectives often applied to "experience": 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 
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 
to observe or undergo
- Bulgarian: изпитвам (bg) (izpitvam), преживявам (bg) (preživjavam)
- Mandarin: 經歷 (cmn), 經歷 (cmn) (jīnglì)
- Danish: opleve (da), erfare (da)
- Dutch: ervaren (nl), meemaken (nl), ondergaan (nl), ondervinden (nl), beleven (nl)
- Esperanto: sperti (eo)
- Finnish: kokea (fi)
- French: éprouver (fr)
- Georgian: გადაიტანს (ka) (gadaitans)
- German: erfahren (de), erleben (de)
- Hindi: अनुभव करना (hi) (anubhav karnā)
- Hungarian: tapasztal (hu)
- Icelandic: reyna (is), verða fyrir (is), upplifa (is)
- Indonesian: mengalami (id)
- Interlingua: experientiar
- Italian: esperire (it)
- Japanese: 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)
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