experience (n.)

late 14c., "observation as the source of knowledge; actual observation; an event which has affected one," from Old French esperience "experiment, proof, experience" (13c.), from Latin experientia "a trial, proof, experiment; knowledge gained by repeated trials," from experientem (nominative experiens) "experienced, enterprising, active, industrious," present participle of experiri "to try, test," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + peritus "experienced, tested," from PIE *per-yo-, suffixed form of root *per- (3) "to try, risk." Meaning "state of having done something and gotten handy at it" is from late 15c.

Origin and meaning of experience

experience (v.)

1530s, "to test, try, learn by practical trial or proof;" see experience (n.). Sense of "feel, undergo" first recorded 1580s. Related: Experienced; experiences; experiencing.

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Definitions of experience from WordNet
experience (v.)
undergo or live through a difficult experience;
Synonyms: see / go through
experience (v.)
have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations;
Synonyms: know / live
experience (v.)
go through (mental or physical states or experiences);
experience vertigo
Synonyms: receive / have / get
experience (v.)
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind;
Synonyms: feel
experience (v.)
Synonyms: have
experience (n.)
the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities;
experience is the best teacher
a man of experience
experience (n.)
the content of direct observation or participation in an event;
he had a religious experience
he recalled the experience vividly
experience (n.)
an event as apprehended;
a surprising experience
that painful experience certainly got our attention