Definition of experience verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    experience

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɪəriəns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɪriəns//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they experience
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɪəriəns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɪriəns//
     
    he / she / it experiences
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɪəriənsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɪriənsɪz//
     
    past simple experienced
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɪəriənst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɪriənst//
     
    past participle experienced
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɪəriənst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɪriənst//
     
    -ing form experiencing
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɪəriənsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɪriənsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  experience something to have a particular situation affect you or happen to you The country experienced a foreign currency shortage for several months. Everyone experiences these problems at some time in their lives.
  2. 2  experience something to have and be aware of a particular emotion or physical feeling to experience pain/pleasure/unhappiness I experienced a moment of panic as I boarded the plane.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin experientia, from experiri ‘try’. Compare with experiment and expert.Extra examples He hadn’t directly experienced the fighting in the city. people who have actually experienced these problems first-hand I have never experienced such pain before.
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