English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
, 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 ” ) + peritus ( “ experienced, expert ” ), past participle of *periri ( “ to go through ” ); see and expert .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
experience ( , countable and uncountable plural )
The effect upon the judgment or feelings produced by any event, whether witnessed or participated in; personal and direct impressions as contrasted with description or fancies; personal acquaintance; actual enjoyment or suffering.
It was an experience he would not soon forget.
date this quote by Sharp and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) Those that undertook the religion of our Savior upon his preaching, had no experience of it. 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 ) An activity one has performed.
( countable ) A collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
date this quote by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
date this quote by Holland and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) When the consuls [… ] came in [… ] they knew soon by experience how slenderly guarded against danger the majesty of rulers is where force is wanting. (Can we
date this quote by John Locke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) Whence hath the mind all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer in one word, from experience.
( uncountable ) The knowledge thus gathered.
2013 June 7, Ed Pilkington, “ ‘Killer robots’ should be banned in advance, UN told”, in , 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. ( obsolete , uncountable ) Trial; a test or experiment.
date this quote by Edmund Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) She caused him to make experience / Upon wild beasts.
Usage notes [ edit ]
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.
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Translations [ edit ]
event(s) of which one is cognizant
përvojë (sq) f Arabic:
خِبْرَة f ( ḵibra ), تَجْرِبَة f ( tajriba ) Armenian:
փորձառություն (hy) ( pʿorjaṙutʿyun ) Azerbaijani:
təcrübə (az) Belarusian:
во́пыт m ( vópyt ), до́след m ( dósljed ) Bulgarian:
о́пит (bg) m ( ópit ) Catalan:
experiència (ca) f Chinese:
Mandarin: 經驗 , (zh) 经验 (zh) ( jīngyàn ) Czech:
zkušenost (cs) , f zážitek (cs) m Danish:
oplevelse , c erfaring (da) c Dutch:
ervaring (nl) , f belevenis (nl) , f beleving (nl) , f ondervinding (nl) f Esperanto:
please add this translation if you can Estonian:
kokemus (fi) French:
expérience (fr) f Galician:
experiencia f Georgian:
გამოცდილება ( gamocdileba ) German:
Erlebnis (de) , n Erfahrung (de) f Greek:
εμπειρία (el) f ( empeiría )
Ancient: ἐμπειρία f ( empeiría ) Gujarati:
અનુભવ ( anubhav ) Hindi:
अनुभव (hi) m ( anubhav ) Hungarian:
élmény (hu) Icelandic:
reynsla (is) f Indonesian:
pengalaman (id) Italian:
esperienza (it) f Japanese:
経験 (ja) ( けいけん, keiken ), 体験 (ja) ( たいけん, taiken ) Kazakh:
тәжірибе (kk) ( täjirïbe ) Khmer:
please add this translation if you can Korean:
경험 (ko) ( gyeongheom ) ( 經驗 ) (ko) Kyrgyz:
тажрыйба (ky) ( tacrıyba ) Lao: ປະສົບການ ( pa sop kān )
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 )
( 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.
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to observe or undergo
изпитвам (bg) ( izpitvam ), преживявам (bg) ( preživjavam ) Catalan:
experimentar (ca) Chinese:
Mandarin: 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) vivre (fr) Galician:
experimentar (gl) Georgian:
გადაიტანს ( gadaiṭans ) German:
erfahren , (de) erleben (de) Greek:
Ancient: πάσχω ( páskhō ) Gujarati:
અનુભવવું ( anubhavvũ ) Hindi:
अनुभव करना ( anubhav karnā ) Hungarian:
tapasztal (hu) Icelandic:
reyna , (is) , verða fyrir upplifa Indonesian:
mengalami (id) Interlingua:
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 ), 触れる (ja) ( ふれる, fureru )
경험하다 (ko) ( gyeongheomhada ) Latin:
patior (la) Latvian:
, pieredzēt piedzīvot Lithuanian:
erfare Old English:
doświadczyć (pl) Portuguese:
experienciar , (pt) vivenciar (pt) Romanian:
păți (ro) Russian:
испы́тывать (ru) impf ( ispýtyvatʹ ), испыта́ть (ru) pf ( ispytátʹ ), пережива́ть (ru) impf ( pereživátʹ ), пережи́ть (ru) pf ( perežítʹ ) Sanskrit:
अनुभवति (sa) ( anubhavati ), भरते (sa) ( bhárate ) Serbo-Croatian:
iskúsiti (sh) Spanish:
experimentar , (es) vivir (es) Swedish:
uppleva , (sv) erfara (sv) Tagalog:
duymak , (tr) haber almak , (tr) öğrenmek (tr) Ukrainian:
пережи́ти (щось) ( perežýty (ščosʹ) ) Vietnamese:
trải qua , (vi) trải nghiệm , (vi) kinh qua , (vi) nếm trải , (vi) nếm mùi (vi) ( figuratively ) Volapük:
, lifotön plakön (vo) West Frisian:
belibje Westrobothnian: røni
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References [ edit ]
experience at OneLook Dictionary Search experience in
Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018. "experience" in Raymond Williams,
Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 126.
experience in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911 experience in , G. & C. Merriam, 1913. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary