Pronunciation: (ik-spēr'ē-uns), [key]
—n., v., -enced, -enc•ing.
1. a particular instance of personally encountering or undergoing something: My encounter with the bear in the woods was a frightening experience.
2. the process or fact of personally observing, encountering, or undergoing something: business experience.
3. the observing, encountering, or undergoing of things generally as they occur in the course of time: to learn from experience; the range of human experience.
4. knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone: a man of experience.
5. Philos.the totality of the cognitions given by perception; all that is perceived, understood, and remembered.
1. to have experience of; meet with; undergo; feel: to experience nausea.
2. to learn by experience.
3. experience religion, to undergo a spiritual conversion by which one gains or regains faith in God.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.