Definition of grok in English:



  • 1 Understand (something) intuitively or by empathy.

    ‘because of all the commercials, children grok things immediately’
    • ‘She has raised some timely related issues, so we'll try to grok their intricacies and fold them into the discussion.’
    • ‘So today I just grokked the job listings, vacuumed, got the cat some bath wipes and catnip and did other things.’
    • ‘Impatient people don't sit still and grok the whole page, check out the archives and figure out what's up.’
    • ‘I feel I am one step closer to fully grokking the reality I inhabit.’
    • ‘When he saw Tablet PCs, he immediately grokked the benefit of using them for a project that we were planning.’
    • ‘I didn't get on with that Urban Shamanism type thing, but I do grok it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘And I grok some of the arguments against eating other farmed animals, too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It fails to grok the economics of the entire enterprise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's hard to envision neurasthenic pulling or other activity, but I don't grok Hegelian infinitesimals either.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But many judges do not yet grok this, and maybe never will.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[no object]Empathize or communicate sympathetically; establish a rapport.


1960s: a word coined by Robert Heinlein (1907–88), American science fiction writer, in Stranger in a Strange Land.