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experience

noun uk   /ɪkˈspɪə.ri.əns/ us    /-ˈspɪr.i-/
B1 [U] (the process of getting) knowledge or skill from doing, seeing, or feeling things: Do you have any experience of working with kids? (= Have you ever worked with them?) The best way to learn is by experience (= by doing things). I know from experience that Tony never keeps his promises. I don't think she has the experience for the job (= enough knowledge and skill for it). In my experience, people generally smile back if you smile at them. The experience of pain (= what pain feels like) varies from one person to another. B1 [C] something that happens to you that affects how you feel: I had a rather unpleasant experience at the dentist's. It was interesting hearing about his experiences as a policeman. I did meet him once and it was an experience I shall never forget.

experience

verb [T] uk   /ɪkˈspɪə.ri.əns/ us    /-ˈspɪr.i-/
B1 If you experience something, it happens to you, or you feel it: We experienced a lot of difficulty in selling our house. New companies often experience a loss in their first few years. It was the worst pain I'd ever experienced.
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