[ grok ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to understand thoroughly and intuitively:

    The code is simple enough that you should be able to grok what it does.

verb (used without object)

  1. to communicate sympathetically.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of grok1

Coined by Robert A. Heinlein in the science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

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Example Sentences

The public would also then have enough time to grok the city attorney’s dissenting opinion on the settlement, or both legal and policy reasons.

Even if you know what you want from your next smartphone, it’s hard to grok a phone’s quality based on spec lists alone, and even harder to parse the differences between models with seemingly identical components.

Nobody’s going to grok what you’re looking for in the outdoors, and the best way to find it, better than you.

While multiple components up front influence the air flow, the one that’s easiest to grok is called an underwing.

He noted that public tech-focused investors don’t always grok the insurance elements of his business, while insurance investors don’t always grok the tech side of Root.

Woe unto the politicians and parties that fail to grok this, as they will face only bigger and bigger losses in market share.

Really, really grok that, if our half of the species is ever going to be worth a damn.