- to understand thoroughly and intuitively.
- to communicate sympathetically.
Origin of grok
coined by Robert A. Heinlein in the science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
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Word Origin and History for groks
"to understand empathically," 1961, arbitrary formation by U.S. science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) in his book "Stranger in a Strange Land." In popular use 1960s; perhaps obsolete now except in internet technology circles.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper