Definition of grok in English:

grok

verb

[WITH OBJECT]US
informal
  • 1Understand (something) intuitively or by empathy.

    ‘because of all the commercials, children grok things immediately’
    • ‘It fails to grok the economics of the entire enterprise.’
    • ‘I'd say an advanced undergrad could easily grok this book.’
    • ‘It can take months or years just to consciously grok your own experience, more so to effectively share it with someone else.’
    • ‘It's remarkable that the editors didn't grok this basic fact, and put a halt to the entire ridiculous experiment before it even got started.’
    • ‘Nobody at the car place spoke English or grokked my stick-man drawing of the accident, so I indicated to one of the agents to follow me.’
    • ‘Impatient people don't sit still and grok the whole page, check out the archives and figure out what's up.’
    • ‘It's hard to envision neurasthenic pulling or other activity, but I don't grok Hegelian infinitesimals either.’
    • ‘So today I just grokked the job listings, vacuumed, got the cat some bath wipes and catnip and did other things.’
    • ‘Young adults transmit secret messages of desperately longed-for submission beneath their consciously expressed frustrations and resentments, but can't be counted on to grok that media celebrities are not, you know, real.’
    • ‘But many judges do not yet grok this, and maybe never will.’
    • ‘And I grok some of the arguments against eating other farmed animals, too.’
    • ‘In his excellent portrait of hacker psychology, he pointed out that hackers are far more likely to have cats than dogs, and adds that ‘it is widely grokked that cats have the hacker nature’.’
    • ‘She has raised some timely related issues, so we'll try to grok their intricacies and fold them into the discussion.’
    • ‘If there's a prosecutor in this country who groks the background and context of the specific operations destroyed by this crime, it's this guy.’
    • ‘Very few people, though, know more than one or two worlds, because there's just so much to learn that unless you have to work in one of these worlds for more than a couple of years, you don't really grok it all.’
    • ‘When he saw Tablet PCs, he immediately grokked the benefit of using them for a project that we were planning.’
    • ‘Except that a couple of British scientists recently did ‘theory of mind’ experiments with ravens and found that they, too, seemed to be able to grok complex stuff about a human gazer.’
    • ‘I didn't get on with that Urban Shamanism type thing, but I do grok it.’
    • ‘We spend months, years, sometimes even lifetimes working up the comprehension and courage to utter those few words; it's unfair to expect that everyone will be able grok that info in just a few seconds.’
    • ‘I feel I am one step closer to fully grokking the reality I inhabit.’
    1. 1.1no object Empathize or communicate sympathetically; establish a rapport.

Origin

1960s: a word invented by Robert Heinlein (1907–88), American author.

Pronunciation

grok

/ɡräk/