Ex*re"ri*ence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Experienced (-enst); p. pr. & vb. n. Experiencing (-en-s?ng).]

1. To make practical acquaintance with; to try personally; to prove by use or trial; to have trial of; to have the lot or fortune of; to have befall one; to be affected by; to feel; as, to experience pain or pleasure; to experience poverty; to experience a change of views.

The partial failure and disappointment which he had experienced in India. --Thirwall.

2. To exercise; to train by practice.

The youthful sailors thus with early care

Their arms experience, and for sea prepare. --Harte.

To experience religion (Theol.), to become a convert to the diatribes of Christianity; to yield to the power of religions truth.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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