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experiencenoun [C/U]

us   /ɪkˈspɪər·i·əns/
(the process of getting) knowledge or skill that is obtained from doing, seeing, or feeling things, or something that happens which has an effect on you: [U] Do you have any experience working with children? [U] I know from experience that it can get quite cold in Maine this time of year.

experienceverb [T]

us   /ɪkˈspɪər·i·əns/
to have something happen to you, or to do or feel something: The community has experienced rapid residential growth. She began to experience sharp pains in her elbow.
(Definition of experience from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"experience" in British English

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experiencenoun

uk   /ɪkˈspɪə.ri.əns/ us   /ɪkˈspɪr.i.əns/
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 pretty 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.

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experienceverb [T]

uk   /ɪkˈspɪə.ri.əns/ us   /ɪkˈspɪr.i.əns/
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"experience" in Business English

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experiencenoun

uk   /ɪkˈspɪəriəns/ us  
[U] HR knowledge or skill that you get from doing, seeing, or feeling things, or the process of getting this: His knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the board in our future growth.have experience of sth Do you have any experience of working with heavy machinery?gain/get experience As we gained experience of interpreting the data we were able to work faster.experience as sth They employed someone with many years' experience as a mine regulator.experience in sth Their experience in marketing and promotion has brought excellent results.work/professional experience My work experience includes one year as an accounts clerk, and two years as a shop assistant.past/previous/prior experience No previous experience is necessary as full training will be offered.extensive/considerable experience Carol has extensive experience in consumer advice and trading standards. practical/relevant experience personal/first-hand/direct experience I have three years of experience.by/from experience I know from experience that the manager's job does not end at closing time.in sb's experience In our experience, the most successful projects come from strong, diverse teams.
[C] something that happens to you that affects how you feel: a good/great/positive experience We want to make visiting the website a good experience for all our users. a useful/valuable/educational experiencebe/provide/offer an experience It was an amazing experience to participate in the forum.customer/shopping/learning experience People who shop here care about the customer experience and the quality of service they receive.

experienceverb [T]

uk   /ɪkˈspɪəriəns/ us  
if you experience something, it happens to you or affects you: experience a problem/difficulty We experienced a lot of difficulty in selling our house. New companies often experience a loss in their first few years. This family business has experienced steady growth and now employs 40 people.
(Definition of experience from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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