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Grok

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  • Grok is an interesting word that was coined by an American science fiction writer. We will examine the definition of grok, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    Grok means to understand something deeply and on an intuitive level, to understand something thoroughly and beyond logic, to establish a deep rapport with someone. The word grok was coined by Robert A. Heinlein who wrote Stranger in a Strange Land. In the novel, grok is a Martian loan word that literally means to drink, but is used to indicate a situation in which one possesses a deep intuitive and spiritual understanding of something. Grok is a verb, related words are groks, grokked, grokking. Most popular in the 1960s, the word grok is still fairly popular among technical and computer workers, as well as scientists.

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    Examples

    Well, one woman’s style must not be the rule of another’s, and we won’t be savage about your mother’s taste—but I’m guessing she doesn’t understand the exciting spontaneity of fashion and doesn’t grok the fantastic looks you’re pulling off. (Elle Magazine)

    Although the film bounces back and forth between reality and its cause célèbre, virtual reality, we are ultimately relieved when we grok that beneath all the layers of surrealism and cutting edge chimera, it’s just good vs. evil fighting it out in high-tech trappings. (The Williston Observer)

    Boffins try to grok dogs using AI, a cyber-brain charter, a bot running for mayor, and more (The Register)

    He continued: “It was kind of like little brother/big brother . . . kind of hard to grok now.” (Vanity Fair Magazine)

    If the first single is anything to go by, Kurstin has successfully grokked the Gallagher ethos, while leaving Liam enough room to swagger. (Billboard Magazine)


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