Complete Definition of "grok"

English

Etymology
Coined by w:Robert A. Heinlein|Robert A. Heinlein in his novel w:Stranger in a Strange Land|Stranger in a Strange Land in which the word described as being from the word for to drink and, figuratively, "to drink in all available aspects of reality", "to become one with the observed" in Heinlein's fictitious Martian language.

Pronunciation
a|US IPA|/gɹɑk/

Verb
en-verb|grok|k|ing

#context|transitive|slang To have an intuitive understanding of; to know (something) without having to think (such as knowing the number of objects in a collection without needing to count them).
#context|transitive|slang To fully and completely understand something in all its details and intricacies.
#:He groks Perl.

Usage notes
Grok is used mainly by the geek subculture, though it was heavily used by the counterculture of the 1960s, as evidenced by its repeated appearance in Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test."

Translations
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ttbc|Japanese: 分かり切る (wakarikiru)
ttbc|Polish: grokować (dogłębnie rozumieć)
ttbc|Russian: грокать

See also
projectlinks
|wikipedia

Heinlein Society
We Grok It!

nl:grok

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