Definition of grok
: to understand profoundly and intuitively
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Examples of grok in a Sentence
the eternal struggle of the human race to grok its place in the grand scheme of the universe
Recent Examples of grok from the Web
Its rationale is difficult to grok; Afghanistan is not included in President Trump's travel ban, yet Syria, Iran, and Sudan are—and their teams were granted visas.
Now, almost everyone can at least grok the concept of a smart TV.
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Did You Know?
Grok may be the only English word that derives from Martian. Yes, we do mean the language of the planet Mars. No, we're not getting spacey; we've just ventured into the realm of science fiction. "Grok" was introduced in Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land. The book's main character, Valentine Michael Smith, is a Martian-raised human who comes to earth as an adult, bringing with him words from his native tongue and a unique perspective on the strange, strange ways of earthlings. "Grok" was quickly adopted by the youth culture of America and has since peppered the vernacular of those who grok it, from the hippies of the '60s to the computerniks of the '90s.
Origin and Etymology of grok
coined by Robert A. Heinlein †1988 American author
First Known Use: 1961See Words from the same year
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