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experience    : [ɪksp'ɪriəns]
Experience \Ex*pe"ri*ence\ ([e^]ks*p[=e]"r[i^]*ens), n. [F.
exp['e]rience, L. experientia, tr. experiens, experientis, p.
pr. of experiri, expertus, to try; ex out the root of
peritus experienced. See {Peril}, and cf. {Expert}.]
1. Trial, as a test or experiment. [Obs.]
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She caused him to make experience
Upon wild beasts. --Spenser.
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2. 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. "Guided by other's experiences." --Shak.
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I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and
that is the lamp of experience. --P. Henry
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To most men experience is like the stern lights of a
ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
--Coleridge.
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When the consuls . . . came in . . . they knew soon
by experience how slenderly guarded against danger
the majesty of rulers is where force is wanting.
--Holland.
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Those that undertook the religion of our Savior upon
his preaching, had no experience of it. --Sharp.
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3. An act of knowledge, one or more, by which single facts or
general truths are ascertained; experimental or inductive
knowledge; hence, implying skill, facility, or practical
wisdom gained by personal knowledge, feeling or action;
as, a king without experience of war.
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Whence hath the mind all the materials of reason and
knowledge? To this I answer in one word, from
experience. --Locke.
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Experience may be acquired in two ways; either,
first by noticing facts without any attempt to
influence the frequency of their occurrence or to
vary the circumstances under which they occur; this
is observation; or, secondly, by putting in action
causes or agents over which we have control, and
purposely varying their combinations, and noticing
what effects take place; this is experiment. --Sir
J. Herschel.
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Experience \Ex*pe"ri*ence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Experienced}
([e^]ks*p[=e]"r[i^]*enst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Experiencing}
([e^]ks*p[=e]"r[i^]*en*s[i^]ng).]
1. To make practical acquaintance with; to try personally; to
prove by use or trial; to have trial of; to have the lot
or fortune of; to have befall one; to be affected by; to
feel; as, to experience pain or pleasure; to experience
poverty; to experience a change of views.
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The partial failure and disappointment which he had
experienced in India. --Thirwall.
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2. To exercise; to train by practice.
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The youthful sailors thus with early care
Their arms experience, and for sea prepare. --Harte.
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{To experience religion} (Theol.), to become a convert to the
doctrines of Christianity; to yield to the power of
religious truth.
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experience
n 1: the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from
direct participation in events or activities; "a man of
experience"; "experience is the best teacher" [ant:
{inexperience}, {rawness}]
2: the content of direct observation or participation in an
event; "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the
experience vividly"
3: an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that
painful experience certainly got our attention"
v 1: go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he
saw action in Viet Nam" [synonym: {experience}, {see}, {go
through}]
2: have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or
sensations; "I know the feeling!"; "have you ever known
hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug
addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I
lived through two divorces" [synonym: {know}, {experience},
{live}]
3: go through (mental or physical states or experiences); "get
an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive
injuries"; "have a feeling" [synonym: {experience}, {receive},
{have}, {get}]
4: undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of
mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret" [synonym: {feel},
{experience}]
5: undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up" [synonym: {have},
{experience}]

136 Moby Thesaurus words for "experience":
accept, acquaintance, adventure, affair, affect, affection,
apprehend, awareness, background, be aware of, be conscious of,
be exposed to, be sensible of, be subjected to, behold, blaseness,
circumstance, common sense, consciousness, contact, corpus, data,
datum, emotion, emotional charge, emotional shade, encounter,
endure, episode, event, expertise, exposure, face, fact, facts,
factual base, familiarity, feel, feel deeply, feeling,
feeling tone, foreboding, go through, gut reaction, hap, happening,
happenstance, have, have a sensation, hear, heartthrob, impression,
incident, information, intelligence, intimacy, involvement,
inwardness, judgement, ken, know, know-how, knowing, knowledge,
labor under, live through, matter of fact, meet, meet up with,
meet with, observation, occasion, occurrence, ordeal,
participation, particular, pass through, passion, past experience,
pay, perceive, percept, perception, phenomenon,
practical knowledge, practice, presentiment, private knowledge,
privity, profound sense, ratio cognoscendi, reaction, reality,
receive, receive an impression, respond, respond to stimuli,
response, response to stimuli, run up against, sagacity, sample,
savoir faire, savor, savvy, seasoning, see, self-knowledge,
sensation, sense, sense impression, sense perception,
sensory experience, sentiment, skill, smell, sophistication, spend,
stand under, suffer, survey, sustain, taste, technic, technics,
technique, tempering, test, touch, trial, turn of events,
undercurrent, undergo, view, wisdom, worldly wisdom




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