—experienceable, adj. —experienceless, adj./ik spear"ee euhns/, n., v., experienced, experiencing.n.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.v.t.6. to have experience of; meet with; undergo; feel: to experience nausea.7. to learn by experience.8. experience religion, to undergo a spiritual conversion by which one gains or regains faith in God.[1350-1400; ME < L experientia, equiv. to experient- (s. of experiens, ptp. of experiri to try, test; see EX-1, PERIL) + -ia n. suffix; see -ENCE]Syn. 6. encounter, know, endure, suffer. EXPERIENCE, UNDERGO refer to encountering situations, conditions, etc., in life, or to having certain sensations or feelings. EXPERIENCE implies being affected by what one meets with: to experience a change of heart, bitter disappointment. UNDERGO usually refers to the bearing or enduring of something hard, difficult, disagreeable, or dangerous: to undergo severe hardships, an operation.
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