- to experience
- (Not very commonly used in that sense. Usually you can find it in context of hostility or hospitality.)
- to find out, to learn
- (Fairly common in context of single pieces of news that cross your path. )
- Maria hat viel Leid erfahren.
- Maria has experienced a lot of suffering (lit.)
A fun look at the meaning of "die Erfahrung" and if really has something to do with "fahren" (to drive). Also: the difference between erfahren and erleben.
die Erfahrung, erfahren (verb), erfahren (adjective), erleben, das Erlebnisopen article