experience

If you experience something, you go through an unusual or exciting event. If you're experiencing the world's loopiest roller coaster, you'd better hope that the amusement park doesn't experience a power outage.

Sometimes experience means accumulated knowledge and sometimes it refers to a single spectacular event. If you have experience in cooking, you have worked in a restaurant before. Learning by experience is a method of acquiring knowledge by doing and not by reading. On the other hand, when you come back from summer camp, your mom will want to hear about your experiences. And white-water rafting is quite an unforgettable experience.

DEFINITIONS OF: experience

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n the content of direct observation or participation in an event

“he had a religious experience
“he recalled the experience vividly”
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reality, world
all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you
life, living
the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
re-experiencing, reliving
a recurrence of a prior experience
reminder
an experience that causes you to remember something
real life, real world
the practical world as opposed to the academic world
deja vu
the experience of thinking that a new situation had occurred before
memento, souvenir
a reminder of past events
memento mori
a reminder (as a death's head) of your mortality
shades of
something that reminds you of someone or something
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cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

n an event as apprehended

“a surprising experience
“that painful experience certainly got our attention”
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appalling
an experience that appalls
augury, foretoken, preindication, sign
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
flash, flashing
a short vivid experience
blast, good time
a highly pleasurable or exciting experience
loss
the experience of losing a loved one
near-death experience
the experience of being close to death but surviving
ordeal
a severe or trying experience
out-of-body experience
the dissociative experience of observing yourself from an external perspective as though your mind or soul had left and was observing your body
taste
a brief experience of something
time
a person's experience on a particular occasion
head trip, trip
an exciting or stimulating experience
vision
a religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance
war cloud
an ominous sign that war threatens
omen, portent, presage, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication
a sign of something about to happen
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happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities

“a man of experience
experience is the best teacher”
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inexperience, rawness
lack of experience and the knowledge and understanding derived from experience
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familiarisation, familiarization
the experience of becoming familiar with something
woodcraft
skill and experience in matters relating to the woods (as hunting or fishing or camping)
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education
knowledge acquired by learning and instruction

v have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations

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know, live
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taste
experience briefly
live over, relive
experience again, often in the imagination
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go through, see
go or live through

v undergo

Synonyms:
have
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encounter, meet, receive
experience as a reaction
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change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v go or live through

Synonyms:
go through, see
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know, live
have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
endure, suffer
undergo or be subjected to
meet, suffer
undergo or suffer
feel
undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation"
enjoy
have for one's benefit
find, see, witness
perceive or be contemporaneous with
come
experience orgasm
taste
experience briefly
live over, relive
experience again, often in the imagination
catch
become aware of
tolerate
have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition
die
suffer or face the pain of death
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undergo
pass through

v go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

experience vertigo”
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get, have, receive
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get, have, suffer, sustain
undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
take
experience or feel or submit to
horripilate
have one's hair stand on end and get goosebumps
break down, collapse
collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
cramp
suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
suffer a nervous breakdown
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undergo
pass through

v undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

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feel
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incline
feel favorably disposed or willing
recapture
experience anew
congratulate, plume, pride
be proud of
smolder, smoulder
have strong suppressed feelings
entertain, harbor, harbour, hold, nurse
maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
cool off
feel less enamoured of something or somebody
anger, see red
become angry
chafe
feel extreme irritation or anger
suffer
experience (emotional) pain
fume
be mad, angry, or furious
regret, repent, rue
feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
sadden
come to feel sad
joy, rejoice
feel happiness or joy
sympathise, sympathize
share the feelings of; understand the sentiments of
pride oneself, take pride
feel proud of
burn
feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion
die
feel indifferent towards
fly high
be elated
beam, glow, radiate, shine
experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
glow
be exuberant or high-spirited
cheer, cheer up, chirk up
become cheerful
bridle
anger or take offense
steam
get very angry
raise the roof
get very angry
agonise, agonize
suffer agony or anguish
anguish
suffer great pains or distress
lose
suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
grieve, sorrow
feel grief
gladden
become glad or happy
be on cloud nine, exult, jump for joy, walk on air
feel extreme happiness or elation
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