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spoken English33.05%written English66.95% conversational speech18.84%task-oriented speech81.16% imaginative writing23.18%informational writing76.82%
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Experience is sometimes a misspelling of experts.

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Definition of the noun experience

What does experience mean as a name of something?

Experience is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: experiences

  1. the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities
    • examples: a man of experience | experience is the best teacher
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • antonym: inexperience
    • more generic word: education = knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
    • more specific words:
  2. the content of direct observation or participation in an event
    • examples: he had a religious experience | he recalled the experience vividly
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic terms: cognitive content / content / mental object = the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
    • more specific words:
  3. an event as apprehended
    • examples: a surprising experience | that painful experience certainly got our attention
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic terms: happening / natural event / occurrence / occurrent = an event that happens
    • more specific terms:
      • appalling = an experience that appalls
      • preindication / foretoken / augury / sign = an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
      • flashing / flash = a short vivid experience
      • good time / blast = a highly pleasurable or exciting experience
      • loss = the experience of losing a loved one
      • near-death experience = the experience of being close to death but surviving
      • ordeal = a severe or trying experience
      • out-of-body experience = the dissociative experience of observing yourself from an external perspective as though your mind or soul had left and was observing your body
      • taste = a brief experience of something
      • time = a person's experience on a particular occasion
      • head trip / trip = an exciting or stimulating experience
      • vision = a religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance
    • part: high point = the most enjoyable part of a given experience

Alternative definition of the noun experience


  1. Event(s) of which one is cognizant.
  2. Activity which one has performed.
  3. Collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
  4. The knowledge thus gathered.

Definition of the verb experience

What does experience mean as a doing word?

Experience is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: experienced | experiencing | experiences

  1. undergo or live through a difficult experience
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of experience: go through / see
    • more generic word: undergo = pass through
    • more specific words:
      • know / live = have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
      • endure / suffer = undergo or be subjected to
      • suffer / meet = undergo or suffer
      • feel = undergo passive experience of
      • enjoy = have for one's benefit
      • witness / find / see = perceive or be contemporaneous with
      • come = experience orgasm
  2. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
  3. go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
  4. undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  5. undergo
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of experience: have
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific words: encounter / receive / meet = experience as a reaction

Alternative definition of the verb experience


  1. [transitive]: To observe certain events; undergo a certain feeling or process; or perform certain actions that may alter one or contribute to one's knowledge, opinions, or skills.


  1. EXPERIENCE is a musical group.
  2. Experience is a musical group.
    • album: "Experience"

There are other groups with in their name, like Experience 7, Experience..., WC Experience, Goa Experience, More Experience, Rich Experience, Blues Experience, L & S Experience, Orbit Experience, Orbit.Experience, Sonic Experience, Sound Experience, 24Hour Experience, Celtic Experience, Lift to Experience, Hyper on Experience, Subsonic Experience, Experience of Nation, Experience Unlimited.


  1. "Experience" is the debut studio album by English electronic dance music band The Prodigy. It was first released on 28 September 1992 through XL Recordings. It peaked at No. 12 in the UK Albums Chart in October. Apart from Liam Howlett, who is responsible for all the compositions, out of the additional three members at that time, only Maxim Reality provides contribution by performing the vocals on the last track.
  2. "Experience" was a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix, released in August 1971 in the United Kingdom by Ember Records. The album was intended as a soundtrack to the unreleased film Experience documenting The Jimi Hendrix Experience's performance at the Royal Albert Hall on February 24, 1969. It peaked at No. 9 in the U.K. album charts in September 1971.
  3. "experience" is the third album of the Japanese rock band flumpool.
  4. "Experience" a.k.a. "EXPERIENCE-クロヒョウEDITION-" is a musical album of Rize.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  5. "Experience" on suomalaisen Von Hertzen Brothers -yhtyeen ensimmäinen albumi, joka julkaistiin vuonna 2001. Levy syntyi, kun Intiassa asuva Mikko von Hertzen kutsui veljensä, joita ei ollut nähnyt pitkään aikaan, Intiaan toteuttaakseen uutta musiikillista visiotaan heidän kanssaan.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  6. "Experience" is the nineteenth album by the jazz group the World Saxophone Quartet and their sixth on the Canadian Justin Time label. The album features performances by Hamiet Bluiett, John Purcell, Oliver Lake and David Murray, with guests Craig Harris, Billy Bang, Matthew Garrison and Gene Lake and is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (11 years ago)
  7. "Experience" is the debut album by German electronic act York. If features the hit singles Awakening, O.T.B. On The Beach, The Fields of Love, and Farewell to The Moon.
  8. "Experience" is a reggae album by Lincoln Thompson and the Royal Rasses released in 1979 and recorded in Jamaica. The songs were dedicated to Bintia Thompson.
  9. "Experience" is a composition.
  10. "Experience" is a musical album of Definition of Sound.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  11. "Experience" is a musical album of Experience.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  12. "Experience" is a musical album of Dub Taylor.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  13. "Experience" is a musical album of Gloria Gaynor.
    • released in (40 years ago)
  14. "Experience" is a musical album of Lix.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  15. "Experience" is a compilation album by Aretha Franklin.
  16. "Experience" is a musical album of 2020 Soundsystem.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  17. "Experience" is a musical album of InsideOut.
  18. "Experience" is a musical album of Fantomatik Orchestra.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  19. "Experience" is a musical single of Virtual Vault.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  20. "Experience" is a musical album of Mary's Danish.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  21. "Experience" is a composition.
  22. "Experience" is a musical album of Kissamilé.
    • released on
  23. "Experience" is a musical album of Eric Clapton.
    • released on (23 years ago)
  24. "Experience" is a musical album of Toots & the Maytals.
  25. "Experience" is a musical album of The Byrds.
  26. "Experience" is a musical album of Sweet.
  27. "Experience" is a musical album of Khalil.
  28. "Experience" is a musical album of James Brown.


"Experience" is a book of memoirs by the British author Martin Amis.

  • language: English Language
  • genre: Memoir
  • subjects: Family, 20th century
  • released in (15 years ago)


  1. "Experience" a.k.a. "Anubhav" is a 1971 Hindi film by noted director Basu Bhattacharya, which stars Sanjeev Kumar, Tanuja Samarth and Dinesh Thakur as leads. The film was the first part of Basu Battacharya's introspective trilogy on marital discord in an urban setting, which included Avishkaar and Griha Pravesh; and went on to win the 1972 National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film and started a trend later picked even by the mainstream cinema.
  2. "Experience" is a 1921 American silent morality drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The allegorical film was directed by George Fitzmaurice and starred Richard Barthelmess. It was based on George V. Hobart's successful 1914 Broadway play of the same name. It was the film debut of Lilyan Tashman.
  3. "Experience" is a film.
    • also known as Cheheom, 체험
    • country: South Korea
    • genre: Drama
  4. "Experience" is a short film, directed by Peter Neal.
    • genres: Documentary film, Musical
    • released in (47 years ago)


Experience is a 2013 Telly Award winning ad, created by ThinkStreet Inc. for University of Utah.

  • award: - Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Schools/Colleges/Universities, received by ThinkStreet Inc.

Phrases with Experience

Phrases starting with the word Experience:

  1. Experience point
  2. Experience Points
  3. Experience Is the Best Teacher

Phrases ending with the word Experience:

  1. to experience
  2. User Experience
  3. Work Experience
  4. sense experience
  5. near-death experience
  6. perceptual experience
  7. out-of-body experience

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Experience

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Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

Experience is a good teacher, but costly.

Google previewMetaphysics, Facticity, Interpretation (2012)

Phenomenology in the Nordic Countries by D. Zahavi, Sara Heinämaa, Hans Ruin

Experience means neither to experiment nor to have subjective adventures, but “ experience means eundo assequi,

Google previewThe Spiritual Science of Emma Curtis Hopkins (2013)

12 Lessons to a New Transcendent You by Emma C. Hopkins

sustainable experience is the harmony of the interconnected whole; any other experience is a dissipative structure3 that depends on continuous flows of thought or other energy for its existence and can be dissolved easily by refocusing ...

Google previewThe Empiricists: A Guide for the Perplexed (2009)

by Laurence Carlin

EMPIRICISM AND THE EMPIRICISTS Empiricism is the view that sensory experience is the source of human ideas (or concepts) and/or human knowledge. The term 'empiricism' does not refer to a precise philosophical position. It is, rather, a ...

Google previewHistory of Norwegian Literature

Secular experience is the actual living through of events occurring within the limited system built by the human mind where comparatively short time purposes prevail. Religious experience is the less rational but no less real living through of events which carry long-time purposes and ideal meanings, events...

Concrete experience is a flux, a stream of moments which drops away like the tail of a meteor.

Google previewHermeneutics and the Voice of the Other (1997)

Re-reading Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics by James Risser

The corresponding hermeneutic experience is the recognition of the truth-claim that tradition presents.

Google previewBlackie’s Dictionary of Quotations

by Blackie

—Ralph Marston Experience—the wisdom that enables us to recognize in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced. Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained. Experience enables you to ...

Google previewMental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being [3 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being by Len Sperry

A corrective emotional experience is a novel, positive reexperiencing of a past negative emotional event or pattern. Definitions • Psychodynamic theory is a broad category of psychological theories that view thoughts, feelings, and behaviors ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

EXPERIENCED MORBIDITY: The actual morbidity experience of a health insurance company.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (2010)

by Craig Kridel

Narrative inquiry is an experiential methodology for studying curricular experience. The key phrase is experiencing experience. Narrative inquiry is a comprehensive research methodology referring both to a method of inquiry and to the ...

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Usage statistics about experience

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun experience:

spoken English33.05%written English66.95% conversational speech18.84%task-oriented speech81.16% imaginative writing23.18%informational writing76.82%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb experience:


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Quotes about Experience

That all our knowledge begins with experience, there is indeed no doubt....but although our knowledge originates WITH experience, it does not all arise OUT OF experience. (Immanuel Kant)
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Scrabble value of E1X8P3E1R1I1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 21 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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