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brook1

[broo k] /brʊk/
noun
1.
a small, natural stream of fresh water.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English brōc stream; cognate with Dutch broek, German Bruch marsh
Related forms
brookless, adjective
brooklike, adjective

brook2

[broo k] /brʊk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bear; suffer; tolerate:
I will brook no interference.
Origin
before 900; Middle English brouken, Old English brūcan; cognate with Dutch bruiken, German brauchen; akin to Gothic brukjan, Latin fruī to enjoy
Related forms
brookable, adjective
Synonyms
take, stand, endure, abide, stomach.
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Examples from the web for brook
  • In such case the light rays stream over that something as water in a swift brook streams over a submerged boulder.
  • East of the cottages, a unique eco-friendly water-filtration system cleans brook water for the lodge's use.
  • None of these facts brook disagreement, but here the unity ends.
  • Finding traces of pollution in a supposedly pristine mountain brook is sadly no longer surprising.
  • She doesn't brook with the nay-saying privacy advocates of the past.
  • As if to confirm my feeling, a pair of mallards burst up from an island in the brook.
  • But, shortly after coming to power, the president showed that he would not brook dissent.
  • The situation is too pressing to brook delay, and immediate measures are necessary.
  • Let this arrangement of metal, placed in the course of a brook, symbolize the machine of human life.
  • If you've ever fished for wild brook trout, you know that they can hear your footfalls quite aways away.
British Dictionary definitions for brook

brook1

/brʊk/
noun
1.
a natural freshwater stream smaller than a river
Word Origin
Old English brōc; related to Old High German bruoh swamp, Dutch broek

brook2

/brʊk/
verb
1.
(transitive; usually used with a negative) to bear; tolerate
Derived Forms
brookable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English brūcan; related to Gothic brūkjan to use, Old High German brūhhan, Latin fruī to enjoy

Brook

/brʊk/
noun
1.
Peter (Paul Stephen). born 1925, British stage and film director, noted esp for his experimental work in the theatre
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Word Origin and History for brook
n.

"small stream," Old English broc "flowing stream, torrest," of obscure origin, probably from Proto-Germanic *broka- which yielded words in German (Bruch) and Dutch (broek) that have a sense of "marsh." In Sussex and Kent, it means "water-meadow," and in plural, "low, marshy ground."

v.

"to endure," Old English brucan "use, enjoy, possess; eat; cohabit with," from Proto-Germanic *bruk- "to make use of, enjoy" (cf. Old Saxon brukan, Old Frisian bruka, Old High German bruhhan, German brauchen "to use," Gothic brukjan), from PIE root *bhrug- "to make use of, have enjoyment of" (cf. Latin fructus). Sense of "use" applied to food led to "be able to digest," and by 16c. to "tolerate."

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brook in the Bible

a torrent. (1.) Applied to small streams, as the Arnon, Jabbok, etc. Isaiah (15:7) speaks of the "book of the willows," probably the Wady-el-Asha. (2.) It is also applied to winter torrents (Job 6:15; Num. 34:5; Josh. 15:4, 47), and to the torrent-bed or wady as well as to the torrent itself (Num. 13:23; 1 Kings 17:3). (3.) In Isa. 19:7 the river Nile is meant, as rendered in the Revised Version.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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