Ex·pe·ri·ence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Experienced p. pr. & vb. n. Experiencing ]
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 doctrines of Christianity; to yield to the power of religious truth.