One word for experiencing a place or event through someone else's explanation without being physically going to that place or event?

  • Imagination? Empathy? Fantasy? Nov 22 '13 at 4:19
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    Virtual, secondhand, vicarious
    – Jim
    Nov 22 '13 at 4:19

The word you are looking for is "vicarious," which is defined online as "experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person." "His description of his vacation was so vivid, I experienced it vicariously."

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