I'm looking for a word meaning "to understand deeply".
Profound is the word I want to express. However, profound can only be used as an adjective. I'm looking for a verb form.
Susan _____ her sister's troubles.
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The word that comes to mind is grok. This term originally comes from Robert Heinlein’s 1961 science-fiction novel A Stranger in a Strange Land, but it has since entered the popular culture, and Merriam-Webster defines it as “to understand profoundly and intuitively”.
‘the press failed to grasp the significance of what had happened’
One option is to use a metaphor of depth:
Sally had fathomed the plot.
The professor had spent twenty years penetrating the arcana of Phoenician religion.
We got to the bottom of it.
Metaphors for 'absorbing' or 'eating' could work, too:
I absorbed the course material.
Wendy has assimilated the entire book.
He digested the pamphlet.
They took it all in.
If it is a concept that is being understood, then comprehend may work.
to grasp the nature, significance, or meaning of. Ex: "unable to comprehend what has happened"
Usage: "After years of study, he managed to comprehend quantum physics. His wife, not so much."
A word which neatly fits in the example sentence is appreciate.
Susan appreciates her sister's troubles.
2 Understand (a situation) fully; grasp the full implications of:
‘they failed to appreciate the pressure he was under’
2 a: to receive into the mind and retain
b : to assimilate or take into solution
Susan imbibes her sister's troubles.
Also from Wikitionary:
- (figuratively) To take in; absorb to imbibe knowledge
Absorb or assimilate (ideas or knowledge)
Dictionary.com: to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, or the like:
-to imbibe a sermon;
-to imbibe beautiful scenery.
I think if one 'absorbs or assimilates the idea' they must also 'deeply understand it.' Just thought you might want to consider.