Definition of “experience” - English Dictionary

“experience” in 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/

(Definition of “experience” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“experience” in American English

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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:

She began to experience sharp pains in her elbow.

(Definition of “experience” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“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 experience
be/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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While formal peace processes are almost exclusively a male domain, international experience and declarations show the importance of women' s participation in resolving conflicts and building peace.
They will have far less chance of success in life and the conditions are all present for their children to experience the same situation.
Let us gain some experience with the system being proposed now and then we can consider this idea at a later date.
Let us learn from past experience.
I strongly favour planning properly for enlargement because experience has shown that there is a long lead-in time for the training of interpreters and translators.
Because we do have experience of it.
At the opportune moment, during autumn, we shall then consider the best plan of action in view of the experience gained.
Human being have too short a lifespan, in any case, to experience the effects of their actions over long periods of time.
They must now, in the light of experience, come to another decision, but this time on the basis of frank and comprehensive criteria.
By the way, an irritating error has crept in to the erratum, where the experience of the pilot is referred to.