to perceive or understand fully; to feel empathy with; to enjoy, appreciate
[Coined as a word in Martian by Robert A. Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land (1961).]
Smith had been aware of the doctors but had grokked that their intentions were benign.
Stranger in a Strange Land 18
Now that he knew himself to be self he was free to grok ever closer to his brothers.
Stranger in a Strange Land xxiv. 250
Yet the public reaction to Star Trek’s green-blooded Vulcan has been astounding. ‘I Grok Spock’ buttons are in evidence everywhere.
in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ v. 223
Noors can’t speak Galactic Two or any other language anyone’s ever grokked, but they can memorize and repeat any short mirror-flash they happen to pick up with their sharp eyes.
Brightness Reef (1996) 68
Assignment: Eternity xiii. 178
Can you sniff/sense/feel/grok the very thing you covet…and secretly fear?
Heaven’s Reach 410
1999 Interzone Mar. 62/1
What merit Dozois perceives in this utter turkey was beyond me when he included it in one of his Best-of-the-Year anthologies and is even harder to grok on rereading.
Disgusting to realize he was flirting with Arthur’s mom, to realize, not that he grokked girls, he’d always been flirting with Arthur’s mom.
Fortress of Solitude i. xviii. 277
2007 Wired Nov. 112/1
Her whimsical, easy-to-grok icons tempted even non-techies to pick up a mouse.
coined by Heinlein in <i>Stranger in a Strange Land</i>
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