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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
  • However freely the Doctor's will had been discussed in public, no criticism of it was brooked in the presence of Miss Lady.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • They brooked no opposition at home, and resented all criticism abroad.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • And it placed him, too, beyond the offer of all pecuniary assistance from one from whom he could least have brooked to receive it.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In the past the big cattle and sheep outfits had brooked no interference.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • The Texan spoke quietly, yet with an air of finality that brooked no argument.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • There was no introduction—he was the whole show and brooked no competition.

  • His orders were rigidly obeyed, for he brooked no disobedience on the part of his warriors.

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

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • "It is never too late to learn," replied his uncle in a tone that brooked no further parley.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • Ulysses brooked not this, nor even in such straits did the Ithacan forget himself.

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."

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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brooked 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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