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Definition of GROK:    /grok/   /grohk/

From the novel Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein, where it is a Martian word meaning literally `to drink' and metaphorically `to be one with'.

1. "To understand intuitively or by empathy; to establish rapport with." 

2. To understand, usually in a global sense. Connotes intimate and exhaustive knowledge. Contrast zen, which is similar supernal understanding experienced as a single brief flash. See also glark.

3. Used of programs, may connote merely sufficient understanding. "Almost all C compilers grok the `void' type these days.

4. "To communicate sympathetically."

Referenced by: The Oxford English Dictionary and Dictionary.com