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brook2

[broo k] /brʊk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bear; suffer; tolerate:
I will brook no interference.
Origin of brook2
900
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 brooked
Historical Examples
  • He bent closer to his companion, and spoke with a fierce intensity that brooked no denial.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It was a beneficent monarch, but it brooked no denial of its overlordship.

  • Ulysses brooked not this, nor even in such straits did the Ithacan forget himself.

  • The Texan spoke quietly, yet with an air of finality that brooked no argument.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • "But you must," was the answer in a tone so firm and compelling that it brooked no denial.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • They brooked no opposition at home, and resented all criticism abroad.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • In the past the big cattle and sheep outfits had brooked no interference.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • There was no introduction—he was the whole show and brooked no competition.

  • He knew her independence of thought and action; it brooked no catering for favors.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • There was a commanding tone in her shrill voice that brooked no delay.

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for brooked

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 brooked

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."

brook

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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