(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. have, know, see, meet, encounter; undergo, suffer, brave, sustain; enjoy, realize, apprehend, understand. See feeling, knowledge, occurrence.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of living through events]
Syn. participation, involvement, undergoing, direct observation, encountering, contact, exposure, practice, strife, struggle, endurance, action, actuality, reality, activity, existence, continuance, school of hard knocks*; see also life 1 , 2 .
2. [What one lives through]
Syn. occurrence, encounter, happening, adventure; see event 1 , 2 .
3. [That which one gains from having lived]
Syn. background, skill, knowledge, perspicacity, wisdom, practice, familiarity, acquaintance, conversance, maturity, seasoning, judgment, practical knowledge, sense, savoir-faire, sophistication, worldliness, proficiency, expertise, know-how*.
Syn. undergo, feel, live through, encounter; see endure 2 , feel 2 , undergo .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. firsthand knowledge exposure, familiarity, practice, understanding, participation, empiricism, involvement, seasoning, encountering, worldliness, wisdom. ''A good school, but the fees are high.''—Heinrich Heine. ''The stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.''—Samuel Taylor Coleridge ''The fruit of the tree of errors.''—Portuguese proverb. ''The name everyone gives to their mistakes.''—Oscar Wilde.
2. affair event, ordeal, happening, adventure, encounter, incident, episode.
ANT.: 1. inexperience, naivete
feel, undergo, encounter, taste, meet, sample, perceive, know, suffer, see, smell, hear, absorb.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun Personal knowledge derived from participation or observation: acquaintance, familiarity. See KNOWLEDGE. II verb 1. To participate in or partake of personally: feel, go through, have, know, meet1 (with), see, suffer, taste (of), undergo. Archaic: prove. Idiom: run up against. See PARTICIPATE. 2. To be physically aware of through the senses: feel, have. See KNOWLEDGE. 3. To undergo an emotional reaction: feel, have, know, savor, taste. See FEELINGS.

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