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Grok

[grahk]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: American English, 1960s

1.

Understand (something) intuitively or by empathy

2.

Empathize or communicate sympathetically; establish a rapport.

Examples of Grok in a sentence

"I haven't had children, but I grok what it must feel like to see your kids grow up."

"I have a difficult coworker, so I want to grok and get to know him better."

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About Grok

Do you speak Martian? Now you do! Grok, meaning to intuitively or empathically understand, was first seen in Robert Heinlein's 1961 sci-fi novel, "Stranger in a Strange Land." This Martian word has many uses, but it describes a deep sense of knowing and understanding.

Did you Know?

Computer programmers have brought grok to life off of the pages of sci-fi novels. The "Jargon File," a dictionary of programmer slang describes, "When you claim to 'grok' some knowledge or technique, you are asserting that you have not merely learned it in a detached instrumental way but that it has become part of you, part of your identity."

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