Is there a single word or phrase for becoming more learned/smarter/knowledgeable through one's experiences?

The particular sentence I want it for is:

A child becomes ____ as it grows older and interacts with its surroundings.

  • Mispelled "particular". Jul 26, 2017 at 16:06
  • No single word covers all that. A child becomes more sophisticated and more savvy through experience. Does growing older really help, or is twhat else goes on?
    – Xanne
    Jul 26, 2017 at 19:03
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    Surely, "A child becomes experienced as it grows older..."
    – NVZ
    Jul 26, 2017 at 19:22

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A child learns through interaction.

This is, in my opinion, far more concise, and your readers should thank you for it.


It sounds like you are describing wisdom.

A child becomes wise as it grows older and interacts with its surroundings.

Often used in the context of a particular aspect of the environment. Wise in the ways of men, for example.


Wisdom: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. synonyms: sagacity, intelligence, sense, common sense, shrewdness, astuteness, smartness, judiciousness, judgment, prudence, circumspection; More the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.


'mature' is what I finally came up with.

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