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English definition of “experience”

experience

noun     /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.Knowledge and awareness 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.Knowledge and awareness Grammar:Experience or experiment?We use experience as a verb when something happens to us, or we feel it. It is rather formal:See more
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