What is experience?

  • (verb): Go or live through.
    Synonyms: undergo, see, go through
    See also — Additional definitions below


Experience as a general concept comprises knowledge of or skill of some thing or some event gained through involvement in or exposure to that thing or event. The history of the word experience aligns it closely with the concept of experiment. For example, the word experience could be used in a statement like: "I have experience in fishing".

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Some articles on experience:

Work Experience
... Work experience is the experience that a person has been working, or worked in a specific field or occupation ...
Psychosynthesis - Model of The Person - “I”
... of the person, distinct but not separate from all contents of experience ... Psychosynthesis suggests that 'we can experience the will as having four stages ... come and go, while “I” may remain present to each experience as it arises ...
Experience - Art
... organized a series of happenings that ironically took up the implications of the term "experience" Experience the Experience ...
Air Accidents Investigation Branch - Organisation
... Able to offer appropriate command experience on fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters ... degree and/or be a Chartered Engineer with a minimum of 5 years' post qualifications experience ... Knowledge and experience of modern aircraft control systems ...
Personal Experience - History
... In Ancient Rome it was believed that personal experience was part of some divine or species-wide collective experience ... such notions, than a strictly personal idea of experience ... were notable investigators of these ideas of collective experience in the 20th century ...

More definitions of "experience":

  • (verb): Of mental or physical states or experiences.
    Example: "Experience vertigo"
    Synonyms: receive, have, get, undergo
  • (verb): Undergo an emotional sensation.
    Synonyms: feel
  • (noun): The accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities.
    Example: "A man of experience"; "experience is the best teacher"
  • (verb): Undergo.
    Synonyms: have
  • (noun): The content of direct observation or participation in an event.
    Example: "He had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"
  • (verb): Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations.
    Synonyms: know, live
  • (noun): An event as apprehended.
    Example: "A surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"

Famous quotes containing the word experience:

    The ninety percent of human experience that does not fit into established narrative patterns falls into oblivion.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    But what experience and history teach is this—that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)

    We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
    James Baldwin (1924–1987)