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verb [transitive] experience pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈspɪəriəns/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleexperiencing
past tenseexperienced
past participleexperienced
  1. 1
    if you experience a problem or a situation, you have that problem or are in that situation

    the discrimination experienced by older people

    experience difficulty/problems:

    The publishing industry is experiencing the same problems at the moment.

    experience something at first hand (=experience something directly, rather than hearing about it):

    At the Chans' house I experienced Chinese hospitality at first hand.

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  2. 2
    to feel an emotion or a physical feeling

    Are you experiencing any pain?

    It was the most wonderful feeling she had ever experienced.

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