experience - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] knowledge and skill that is gained through time spent doing a job or activity

    You don’t need any experience to work here.

    We would like to find someone with more experience.

    business/teaching experience

    have experience (in something):

    She has years of experience in the computer industry.

    experience with:

    Do you have any previous experience with children?

    experience as:

    We’re looking for someone with experience as a teacher.

    get/gain experience:

    You need to get more management experience.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the knowledge that you get from life and from being in a lot of different situations

    Experience told me not to believe him.

    from past/previous/personal experience:

    Helen knew from past experience that there was no point in arguing with him.

    in someone’s experience:

    In my experience, very intelligent people can still make terrible mistakes.

  3. 3
    [countable] something that happens to you, or a situation that you are involved in
    have an experience:

    A lot of the people we talked to had had the same experience.

    experience of/with:

    It was her first experience of dealing with people from another culture.

    experience for:

    The whole thing must have been an interesting experience for you.

    a bad/strange/traumatic etc experience:

    I had a bad experience in the last place I worked.

    share your experiences of something (=tell people about them):

    an opportunity for people to share their experiences of living with the disease

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