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
  1. noun
    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
    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
    type of:
    cognitive content, content, mental object
    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
  2. noun
    an event as apprehended
    “a surprising experience
    “that painful experience certainly got our attention”
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    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
    the experience of losing a loved one
    near-death experience
    the experience of being close to death but surviving
    gauntlet, 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
    a brief experience of something
    a person's experience on a particular occasion
    head trip, trip
    an exciting or stimulating experience
    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
    type of:
    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  3. noun
    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
    familiarisation, familiarization
    the experience of becoming familiar with something
    skill and experience in matters relating to the woods (as hunting or fishing or camping)
    type of:
    knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
  4. verb
    have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
    synonyms: know, live
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    experience briefly
    live over, relive
    experience again, often in the imagination
    type of:
    go through, see
    go or live through
  5. verb
    synonyms: have
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    encounter, meet, receive
    experience as a reaction
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  6. verb
    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
    undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation"
    have for one's benefit
    find, see, witness
    perceive or be contemporaneous with
    experience briefly
    live over, relive
    experience again, often in the imagination
    become aware of
    have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition
    suffer or face the pain of death
    type of:
    pass through
  7. verb
    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
    experience vertigo”
    synonyms: get, have, receive
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    get, have, suffer, sustain
    undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
    experience or feel or submit to
    have one's hair stand on end and get goosebumps
    break down, collapse
    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
    break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
    suffer a nervous breakdown
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    pass through
  8. verb
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
    synonyms: feel
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    feel favorably disposed or willing
    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
    feel extreme irritation or anger
    experience (emotional) pain
    be mad, angry, or furious
    regret, repent, rue
    feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
    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
    feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion
    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
    be exuberant or high-spirited
    cheer, cheer up, chirk up
    become cheerful
    anger or take offense
    get very angry
    raise the roof
    get very angry
    agonise, agonize
    suffer agony or anguish
    suffer great pains or distress
    suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
    grieve, sorrow
    feel grief
    become glad or happy
    be on cloud nine, exult, jump for joy, walk on air
    feel extreme happiness or elation
    experience prolonged suffering in an unpleasant situation or place
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